Future City at JPMS

Future City is a worldwide engineering competition, for students in grades 6-8, centered around city planning. Students design a virtual city using the SimCity computer game, compose a 1500 word research essay around the year's theme, construct a 3D scale model from recycled materials with a total cost of under $100, and prepare and perform a 5-7 minute presentation for compeition, using the model as a visual aid. Essentially, it is a semester long project that not only touches on every element of STEAM as well as every core subject, but also on larger ideas such as critical thinking, project management, teamwork, and conflict resolution.

Justice Page Middle School has participated in Future City for the past 4 school years (the first year as Ramsey Middle School). In that time, we have brought home a total of 16 trophies, made the Top 5 Finals Round at Minnesota Regionals 3 of those 4 years, and in 2018 as well as 2019, we won the Regionals Competition and represented the State of Minnesota at Future City Nationals in Washington D.C. The Nationals competition also features teams teams from across Canada and China.

Future City is open as an elective to JPMS students in grades 6-8, but 8th graders are given priority, 7th graders are then by lottery, and any remaining slots are filled with 6th graders, again by lottery.

If you have more questions about Future City, please visit www.futurecity.org, or contact Mr. K. at travis.koupal@mpls.k12.mn.us.