2016 North Texas Regional Competition

Competition Day

23 January 2016
UT Arlington, Nedderman Hall

January 2016 was the culmination of almost 5 months of hard work as 55 teams of middle school students from around North Texas presented their designs for future cities to panels of judges in hopes of winning the first place trip to Washington DC to compete in the Future City national competition in February. This year's special challenge was to solve the problem of solid waste management - reduce, reuse, recycle and rot.

8:00  Check-in
9:30-1:00  Preliminary Round
1:00-2:00  Walk-around, Model viewing
2:00  Announce finalists
2:00-4:00  Final Round (observers welcome)
4:00-5:00  Awards Ceremony

Schools and Students

Each year, we strive to improve the program and the experience for the students, teachers and volunteers. This year's event started with with 53 organizations registering, from as far away as Waco, Wichita Falls and Longview. More than six hundred students participated.

The program is open to all public, private, charter, and home-schools. And, beginning in 2012-13, FCC is available to recognized Youth Organizations (such as Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and 4-H Clubs). The small cost of the program to the organizations allows even resource-limited groups to participate.

Cedar Hill ISD
-B Coleman MS
Chapel Hill ISD
-Chapel Hill JH
Cleburne ISD
-Wheat MS
Coppell ISD
-Coppell MS North
Crowley ISD
-Summer Creek MS
DeLeon ISD
-DeLeon MS
Denison ISD
-Scott MS
Frisco ISD
-Pearson MS
-Pioneer Heritage MS
-Scoggins MS
Fort Worth ISD
-Forest Oak MS
-McLean MS
Graham ISD
-Graham JH
Grand Prairie
-Truman MS
Harts Bluff ISD
-Harts Bluff MS
Highland Park ISD
-McCollough IS
Hillsboro ISD
-Hillsboro Intermediate
Irving ISD
-Sam Houston MS
Kennedale ISD
-Kennedale JH
Lancaster ISD
Leonard ISD
-Leonard JH
Mansfield ISD
-Brooks Wester MS
Malakoff ISD
-Malakoff MS
McKinney ISD
-Dowell MS
-S Johnson MS
Northwest ISD
-Chisholm Trail MS
Prosper ISD
-Reynolds MS
Richardson ISD
-Westwood JH
Sabine ISD
-Sabine MS
Wylie ISD
-Burnett MS
-Cooper JH
-Harmony Sch of Innov, Fort Worth
-Intl Leadership Texas, Fort Worth
-Rapoport Academy, Waco
-Richardson Classics Academy
-Uplift Heights Prep, Dallas
-Village Tech Sch, Cedar Hill
-Amazing Grace HS, Garland
-Common Ground Homeschoolers, Rowlett
-East TX Homeschoolers, Winona
-Harbor View Acad, Rockwall
-Odysseus Academy, McKinney
-Dallas Academy, Dallas
-Koan School
-Scofield Christian School, Dallas
-The Westwood School, Dallas
Youth Organizations
-Dallas 4-H
-TCCD Generation Hope

Awards and Recognition

The students, teachers and volunteer-mentors work hard for months to create their cities of the future: first in a computer model, then further explored in an essay, realized in their physical model and finally publicly presented in all their amazing detail. The dozens of judges work equally as hard to compile the scores and determine a winner.

Our goal is to have every student leave feeling like a winner. Beyond the traditional first-second-third places, we recognize exceptional accomplishments and innovation with special category awards. Several organizations sponsor these awards highlighting technical disciplines such as civil, engineering, systems engineering and architecture.

FIRST PLACE: BEDFORD FALLS, Harbor View Academy, Rockwall home school received a trip to Washington DC during National Engineers Week to compete in the national contest (sponsored by National Engineers Week).

SECOND AND THIRD PLACES: RENOVAR, St Thomas More, Baton Rouge and QANIQA LEGEVKAR, The Westwood School, Dallas, received medals, gift cards, and donations to the schools' science and technology programs.

Several local professional organizations recognized outstanding achievement in their fields with special awards:

  • ACEC, Dallas - Excellence in City Design
  • ACEC, Tarrant - Best Residential Zone
  • APA, Midwest & North Central TX - Livable Community Award
  • ASABE - Most Sustainable Food Supply System
  • ASCE, Dallas - Excellence in Civil Engineering Infrastructure Award
  • ASQ, Dallas - Excellence in Quality
  • IEEE, Dallas - Excellence in Renewable Energy/Innovative Power Generation System
  • IEEE, Fort Worth - Excellence in Application of Futuristic Concepts
         - Most Innovative Use of Engineering
  • INCOSE, North Texas - Best System Design
  • NCEES - Best Land Surveying
  • PMI, Fort Worth - Riskonator Award
  • SPE, Dallas - Best Use of Energy Efficiency
  • Texas ITE, Dallas & Fort worth - Excellence in Transportation Integration
  • TSPE, Fort Worth - Best Solid Waste Management
  • TSPE, Preston Trail - Best Ethical Practices
  • WEAT, North Texas - Best "Waste Not, Want Not" Water Application
"We LOVE this competition! One of the BEST competitions I have seen out there for students!!!" - teacher

Future City Junior

We continued the pilot of the "Future City Junior" competition. This program, for 4-5th graders, is an abbreviated version of the full Future City middle-school project. It includes the essay and physical model deliverables.

Eight schools registered initially. Ten teams from seven of those schools displayed models at UT Arlington. Participating schools:

  • Camey Elem, Lewisville
  • Carroll Elem, Corsicana
  • Delaney Elem, Kennedale
  • Girl Scout Troop, Dallas
  • Hillsboro Elem, Hillsboro
  • Patterson Elem, Kennedale
  • Swift Elem, Arlington
  • Village Tech Schools, Cedar Hill

The NTX Region presented the following awards to these amazing teams:

  • IEEE-Fort Worth - Best Green Design: Redwood, Delaney Elem, Kennedale
  • Best Essay: Random City, Patterson Elem, Kennedale
  • Best Model: The Big Apple, Village Tech Schools, Cedar Hill
  • Best Overall Team: Village Tech Town, Village Tech Schools, Cedar Hill


"Fun opportunity to be involved with young people and remind my self of the excitement, creativity, and spirit of young/future engineers." - Engineer-volunteer

The North Texas Future City© Competition could not take place without the extensive collaboration of educators, corporations, and dedicated volunteers. These volunteers freely give their time and expertise as mentors for student teams, judges, and program organizers. We are indebted to them and the organizations that support them:

Accretech USA
CDM Smith
Cisco Systems, Inc.
City of Dallas
City of Denison
City of Falls Church
City of Fort Worth
City of Frisco
City of Graham
City of Mount Pleasant
City of Plano
City of Tyler
Cheetah Software Systems Inc
Dealertrack, Inc.
Ferrovial Agroman US Corp
Flotek Inc
Fort Worth ISD
Gore Electric Company
HW Fahrlander & Associates
Halliburton ESG
HDR Engineering
HVJ Associates
Jacobs Engineering
Kimley-Horn and Associates
Kennedale ISD
L-3 Communication
L-3 Mission Integration
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics
Lockheed Martin MST
Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam
Mars North America
NHP Foundation
Northwestern University
Omni Source
PBK Architects
Pepsi Co
Perceptive Engineering
Pioneer Natural Resources
Pitts Industries
Shiloh Engineers
Southern Gas Association
Standard Pacific Homes
Stantec Inc
Sumx Inc
TCC South
Tetra Tech Inc
Texas A&M AgriLife Research
Texas Instruments Inc
Trinity Infrastructure, LLC
UT Arlington
US Nuclear Regulatory Comm
Weaver Boos Consulting
White Settlement ISD
Wylie ISD
Xylem Inc.
-Phi Beta Kappa


In addition to the invaluable time donated by the volunteers, we received generous contributions from several organizations. These contributions guaranteed a memorable experience for all student competitors by underwriting the awards and competition expenses.

  • Shell
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Summit Consultants, Inc
  • TSPE Preston Trail Chapter
  • UT Arlington
  • Electronic Arts-Maxis
  • DiscoverE Foundation
  • Summit Research Inc.
  • ACEC, Dallas
  • ACEC, Tarrant
  • APA, Midwest & North Central TX
  • ASCE, Dallas
  • ASQ, Dallas
  • IEEE, Dallas
  • IEEE, Fort Worth
  • INCOSE, North Texas
  • PMI, Fort Worth
  • SPE, Dallas
  • TexITE, Dallas & Fort Worth
  • TSPE, Fort Worth
  • TSPE, Preston Trail
  • WEAT, North Texas


"It takes a lot to run and make a city and it takes teamwork. Plus engineering is awesome." - student