Get Involved: Volunteers

America needs more engineers and technical professionals to fuel our innovation economy. Future City is a wonderful way to introduce 6th, 7th, and 8th graders to engineering and expose them to a rewarding career possibility. Post-program surveys show that a majority of students become more interested in math, science and engineering after completing Future City.

The North Texas Regional program is entirely run by volunteers. There are many opportunities to become involved:

Engineer-Mentors

Engineer-Mentors are part of the team, They work directly with the students, acting as advisors, and are involved in all phases of the competition. The mentor provides technical assistance and real-life experience as the students work on the competition.

Judges

Dozens of qualified judges evaluate all student submissions and provide constructive feedback.

  • Computer city design: Scoring the virtual city (SimCity) design.
  • Essay and Narrative: Scoring the technical essay and solution to the assigned engineering problem.
  • Models and presentations: Scoring the scale model and overall city design solution.
  • Special Awards: Sponsored category awards recognizing outstanding effort and innovation.

Day-of-the-Event Support

Volunteers are needed to assist all aspects of the competition including team check-in, awards, gift-shop sales and other logistical requirements of the event. All willing volunteers, both technical and non-technical, are welcome. Approximate commitment: 10 hours, January

Competition Coordinating Committee

The essential behind-the-scenes people who put it all together. The regional competition coordinating committee requires volunteers in a variety of areas including: Industry Relations, Professional Society outreach, School outreach, Administration, Arrangements, Judging, Awards and Public Relations. All individuals, both technical and non-technical, are welcome to participate on a committee.

Contact the Regional Coordinator.

Contribute

For those who would prefer, we welcome monetary and service contributions at any level. See the information on sponsorship opportunities or contact the Regional Coordinator.

 

I can see in their eyes and their voices that I help them...These students have opened my eyes -- they know how to dream. The kids have allowed me to dream, which I forgot how to do. It's incredible, their talents -- very refreshing. It's helped me in my business and it's gone over into my life. I'm sure it's the same for every mentor -- it's OK to dream. -Volunteer Engineer Mentor