If you're a returning Judge, Welcome Back!
We're glad you are once again vollunteering for Future City. We have a fun and challenging inititative with proven results and we're glad you've been a part of making it a success. We look forward to working with you again.
If you're a new Judge, we're glad you decided to join the team!
Here's what some of our Judges have said about their participation at the Georgia
Regionals. We hope you will feel the same way they did.
- “I really enjoyed being one of the Special Awards Judges. I was really impressed by
the turnout, the depth of knowledge of the participants, and the imagination of the
- “I had a great time judging the Future City competition! The students were fantastic
and so enthusiastic. It was encouraging to see so many students engaged in such a
- “Hey! Just wanted to say thanks for giving me the opportunity to judge the models and presentations this morning. It was an eye-opening experience! I feel very fortunate to have been a part of the competition and you can definitely put me on the email for next year's!”
You're going to work with students who have just been introduced to city planning, design and differernt types of engineering. You'll get to see how they have improved their skill sets in writing, public speaking, teamwork, time management, problem solving and computer skills. Most importantly, they had fun doing it as they stretched their imaginations. We think you'll have fun sharing that experience with them.
So lets get started!
For a complete overview of the Future City Competition you can check out the national website by clicking on the link below
The Competition Components
There are five different components to the Future City Competition.
Three are submitted and judged prior to the Regional Competition in January. These components are submitted in mid December and Judges can evaluate them virtually at home on their computers, on their own time. They are:
- The Virtual City (SimCity)
- The Research Essay
- The City Narrative
The remaining two components are judged at the Regional Competition in January on the Marietta campus of KSU. They are judged by three sets of judges; Preliminary Round Judges, Society Award Judges and Special Awards Judges. They are:
- The Physical Model
- The Team Presentation
All Judges are provided with detailed assessment tools (rubrics) and scoring sheets so they will know exactly what we are looking for and how to evaluate the entries. All entries are evaluated by multiple Judges so you will not be solely responsible for a teams score.
Both Regional and National provide support in the form of Workshops, Judges Handbooks (available in October), and Webinars.
Types of Judges
Competition Judges - serve on the day of the Regional Competition. A Training session is Provided in-person and on-line prior to the day of the Regional Competition. There are four categories of Competition Judges:
- Preliminary Round Judges - serve on a panel composed of three judges a time keeper and a runner. They review
the competition teams physical model and presentation in accordance with the rubrics
set forth by national. Thier individual scores are averaged and recorded by the Lead
Scoring Judge. All teams present before two panels of Preliminary Judges. The time
committement for Preliminary Judges is 7am - 1pm the day of Regionals.
- Society Awards Judges - judge teams in specific categories with specified criteria. These awards are sponsored
by professional organizations and professional firms. Society Awards Judges serve
on a panel of two. They walk through the teams in their staging area evaluating each
project according to the criteria of their assigned award and select the top five
(5) entries.The time committement for Society Awards Judges is 7am - 1pm the day of
- Special Awards Judges - judge teams in specific categories with specified criteria. These awards are stardard
annual awards sponsored by National, Georgia Regional, or businesses. Special Awards
Judges serve on a panel of two. They walk through the teams in their staging area
evaluating each project according to the criteria of their assigned award and select
the top five (5) entries.The time committement for Special Awards Judges is 7am -
1pm the day of Regionals.
- Finalist Round Judges - judge are selected by the FCSC to evaluate the five (5) finalists as determined in the Preliminary Round. They review the competition teams physical model and presentation in accordance with the rubrics set forth by national. Thier individual scores are averaged and recorded by the Lead Scoring Judge to determine the final ranking of the teams. The time committement for Finalist Round Judges is 12noon- 4pm the day of Regionals
SimCity Judges - review and score the SimCity 4 component of the Competition. Judges are provided with a SimCity 4 'Key', a rubric and a score sheet. Judging takes place between December 3 and January 10 and can be done virtually. Each SimCity Judges evaluates approximately 10-15 cities. The time commitment over the month long period is approximately 15-20 hours.
Research Essay and City Narrative Judges - review research and city narrative components for the competition. Judges can work virtually and will be provided with files, rubrics and score sheets. This judging takes place between December 17 and January 15. The time commitment over the month long period is approximately 15-20 hours.