ESD Michigan Regional Future City Competition


Registration is open for Future City 2021-22! To register click here.

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.

Program Changes for The 2021-22 Program Year

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and uncertainty surrounding the school year and extracurricular activities, Future City has been restructured so that teams can complete the deliverables in-person (i.e. in a classroom or afterschool program) or remotely (i.e. collaborating online while learning from home).  For a complete list of program changes and deliverable updates click here.

The 2021-2022 Future City theme is Waste Free City. The Future City challenge is to design a waste-free city that uses the principles of a circular economy. What is a circular economy exactly? To learn more click here.

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

Does Future City Align With National Standards?

Future City aligns with the Next Generation Science Standards, Benchmarks for Science Literacy and the International Society for Technology in Education’s National Education and Technology Standards.  You can view all of the standards here:

Where Can I Find Additional Resources About The Competition?

Additional resources including helpful webinars, and additional resources to research the essay topic, can be found