ESD Michigan Regional Future City Competition

This year’s Michigan Regional Future City Competition will be held in person on January 23, 2023 at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi.

What is Future City?

Future City starts with a question—how can we make the world a better place? To answer it, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students imagine, research, design, and build cities of the future that showcase their solution to a citywide sustainability issue. Watch this video to learn more about Future City.

What Do Mentors Do?

Future City is student-led, but mentors are an integral part of the team. Mentors work alongside the team educator (a classroom teacher, afterschool program leader, homeschool educator, or parent) and act as a coach and role model. They provide guidance, connections between academic concepts and real-life, and technical assistance to the middle school team members as the team works on the project deliverables.

What kind of background should a mentor have?

Are you an engineer or technician? An urban planner or architect? Are you an undergrad or graduate student studying a related field? Join our community of mentors! Please email Allison Marrs at to inquire about what schools have a need for a mentor.

Who can participate?

The Michigan Regional Future City Competition is open to Michigan students in grades 6th, 7th, and 8th who are from the same school, a home school environment (a Home School Affidavit form will need to be completed), or are members of a nationally, regionally, or state recognized youth-focused organization, such as the Boy or Girl Scouts; Boys and Girls Clubs; 4-H, etc.   The competition is team-based and each team consists of at least three students, an educator and a volunteer mentor. A team can include an entire class or as few as three students. 4th and 5th grade students are welcome to participate in the Regional Competition however they are not eligible to advance to the National finals in Washington D.C.

How Do Teams Register?

Educators can register a team at

How Much Does It Cost To Register?

Registration is FREE in Michigan!