ESD Michigan Regional Future City Competition

Competition Day: Monday, January 23, 2023
Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi

This fall, middle school students began work on the Future City Competition; a project-based learning program where students work as a team with an educator and volunteer mentor to design a city of the future. Students will tackle this year’s challenge – climate change.

This January we’ll be back in-person for the regional competition! Get involved and help us inspire the next generation of engineers by becoming a judge or sponsor.

Why are judges needed and what do they do?

The role of the judge is to draw on their expertise and resources to fairly judge the teams’ efforts. Judges are needed for each of the four stages of the competition. The essay will be judged remotely, and the model, presentation & question and answer session will be judged live and in person during the competition on the morning of Monday, January 23, 2023 at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi.

No advance training is required for judging essays, detailed instructions will be provided. The training for competition day judging takes place at 7:30 a.m. the morning of the competition.  The actual judging is from 9 – 11 a.m.

Interested in serving as a judge?

Visit to sign up as a judge. Please be sure to select the Regional judging category and choose Michigan as your region.

  • For those interested in judging essays, please register by December 15, 2022.
  • For those interested in judging on competition day, please register before January 16, 2023.

For more information on judging, please contact Leslie Smith at or 248-353-0735, ext. 152.

Interested in sponsoring?

Consider sponsoring a component of competition day or a special award. Sponsors help offset costs which allows ESD to continue offering this valuable STEM program to students across the state. Future City is an innovative and fun way to introduce middle school students to engineering and a rewarding career they might not otherwise have considered.

For more information on sponsorships, please contact Elana Shelef at or 248-353-0735, ext. 119.