FUTURE CITY – http://www.futurecity.org

This is an annual competition that has several regional events around the country and a national event in Washington D.C. Students are given a theme and must design a city at least 100 years in the future. Students will write an essay, given an oral presentation, and build a 3D model to scale. There is also an optional SimCity component where students learn to manage a real city.

These projects are motivating and exciting for the kids and encompass all academic areas. There are usually 3-5 kids per group. They can easily be incorporated into different subject areas.

Reading/Language Arts: Students are given a theme (such as clean water, Zetc) and must research it and come up with futuristic solutions to solve the problem. They must also research city services and how engineers are Zeeded. Students will use this research to write an essay and give an oral presentation with visual aids.

Math: Students need to design a blueprint of their city and then build a 3D prototype. The city must be scaled so that it is a perfect miniature of the actual city and the students must describe the scale.

Science: Students must design a moving part to be included in their city.

ROBOFEST – http://www.robofest.net

This is a series of annual competitions with several different events that students can participate in.  Age ranges are from 5th grade to college.

5th to Middle School events: Jr. Exhibition, Jr. Bottle Sumo, Jr. Game, RoboParade, Jr. Robo Arts
High School events: Sr. Exhibition, Sr. Bottle Sumo, Sr. Game, Sr. Robo Arts, RoboMed
College events: RoboMed

These projects are motivating and exciting for the kids and encompass all academic areas. There are usually 3-5 kids per group. They can easily be incorporated into different subject areas. It must be completely created by the students with no adult help.

Reading/Language Arts: For the Exhibition and RoboMed events, students have to research their project and give a presentation.
They have to be able to answer detailed questions from the judges and audience.

Computer Technology/Science: Students need to be able to program their robot in their chosen language.