Call for Mentors for the State of Illinois 2016 Future City Competition®

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Chicago—As part of the 2016 National Future City® Competition, the Illinois(Chicago) competition is calling for mentors to work with school teams in the upcoming competition titled “Waste Not, Want Not” which will be held at the University of Illinois at Chicago in January 2016. The regional competition is part of the national competition of National Engineers Week. This year’s concept asks the nation’s sixth, seventh and eighth graders to design solid waste management systems of the future. We are currently seeking team mentors to work with students when they start their projects in the fall of 2015. Specific experience in the concept is helpful; however, experience of how to evaluate ideas and problems is desired and valuable to the student teams.

Mentors are asked to coach their teams for the regional competition which requires meeting about two-four times per month with the team at their school. Your participation, from the fall to the competition, will strengthen problem-solving, promote teamwork, and encourage citizenship while building a unique relationship as a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) mentor. To register as a mentor and for more details go to to view the schools registered via a Google Map and to complete the online form.

See video highlights of the 2015 competition.

“This year’s competition requires students to create a vision for the future regarding solid waste management systems with the concept of “Waste Not, Want Not.” This is an important topic and new solutions to waste management are critical to the survival of urban environments globally. This is the 23rd  year of conducting this regional competition and we are very proud of the students, schools, and all of the mentors involved each year,” said Future City® Competition Regional Coordinator Don Wittmer, P.E., Transportation Manager with HNTB.

The winning team from the Illinois competition will travel to Washington, D.C. to compete in the national competition held in February during National Engineers Week. The top three teams from the region will present their models at the Annual Chicago Engineers Benefit in Feb. 2016.

For more information, contact Future Competition® Regional Coordinator Don Wittmer, P.E., HNTB at, or Matthew Miller, P.E., HNTB, at

As a mentor, you will be part of a special group of professionals. On a national basis, the Future City® Competition expects 1, 400 schools across the United States will participate again. There are 37 regions involved in the competition nationwide. Begun in 1992, the Future City® Competition is part of the rich history of DiscoverE.

The 2015 State of Illinois winners and schools can be found here.

About National Engineers Week Foundation

National Engineers Week Foundation is the parent organization of the Future City Competition®. The Foundation works year-round to sustain and grow a dynamic engineering profession critical to public health, safety and welfare.  The Foundation supports engineering outreach, education, and celebrates with more than 100 professional societies, major corporations and government agencies on this united effort. Together, they meet a vital need of introducing students, parents, and educators to engineering, engaging them in hands-on experiences, and making science and math relevant. For more information on National Engineers Week, visit this page.

Future City® State of Illinois

The State of Illinois Future City Competition® is celebrating its 23rd year as a regional group in the Future City Competition. ® The regional competition is comprised of teams, schools, and professionals from Illinois and Missouri. We are proud that over 40 teams participated last year. The University of Illinois is our host site for our competition and judging.  In addition, the Annual Chicago Engineers Benefit Dinner showcases the top local teams and award winners. For more information about the State of Illinois Future City® competition, visit our website here.

Golden Square is the official communications and marketing firm for the Illinois(Chicago) Future City Competition®.


Deborah J. Hodges, M.A.

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