SOUTHFIELD (WWJ) — The Engineering Society of Detroit has put out the call for volunteer engineer judges for its Michigan Regional Future City Competition.

Judges are needed to attend the competition Monday, Jan. 27 at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi.

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In Future City, students in 6th, 7th and 8th grade imagine, design, and build cities of the future. The students envision a city 150 or so years into the future based on a theme given to them by event organizers — this year, it’s “Tomorrow’s Transit: Design A Way To Move People In And Around Your City.” Teams design their city with Sim City software, build a physical model of it, write a paper about it, and create a presentation about it.

Training for judges takes place at 8 a.m. Jan. 27, with the actual judging from 9 to 11 a.m. At that time, the teams display their city models and three representatives from each team give a five-to-seven minute presentation to a panel of judges. Finalist presentations will run from 1 to 3 p.m.

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For more information or to volunteer as a judge, contact Leslie Smith (248) 353-0735, ext. 152, or

This year’s Future City will for the first time feature teams of homeschooled students from Belleville and Clarkston. More than 600 students from more than 25 schools are participating overall, from public and private schools in Detroit, Farmington Hills, Redford Township, Utica, Grand Blanc and several other cities.

Students have been working diligently since the start of the school year along with their teachers and volunteer engineer mentors to create cities that incorporate the theme along with sound science and engineering principles.
The winning team will go to Washington, D,C,, in February to participate in the national competition against teams from throughout the country.

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For more information about Future City, please contact Allison Marrs, program manager of Future City for the ESD, at (248) 353-0735, ext. 121 or or visit This event is open to the public.