Registration For the 2014-2015 Future City Competition Is Open

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School is in so that means the 2014/2015 Future City Competition is open! If you have already registered congratulations! If you have not, you can do so now by clicking here: http://futurecity.org/register.

This year’s theme is Feeding Future Cities. Students will research and write an essay (maximum 1,000 words) in which they will select one vegetable and one protein and design a way to grow enough of each within your city limits to feed your citizens.

This year’s essay overview:
Many thousands of years ago, humans learned to domesticate animals and grow plants for food. Because we no longer needed to hunt and gather, we could stay in one place and start to build cities.  It was the beginning of civilization. which, in turn, became a major contributing factor to rapid population growth. s more than 450% increase in the total number of people over the last 150 years. With billions more mouths to feed, there are increasing pressures on our global food supplies:  less farmable land, more water pollution, growing water scarcity, increased fuel costs (making importing and exporting foods more expensive), pesticide resistance, and the growth of megacities, to name just a few. In order to feed the world in the future, we will have to come up with smart new ways to grow our food much closer to where we live.
Your challenge: Choose two foods (one vegetable and one protein) and design a way to grow enough of each within your future city borders to feed all of your citizens for at least one growing season. Taking into account your city’s size and location, you must consider the critical elements needed to grow food including light, climate, air quality, space, water, soil, and nutrients.

There are a few updates to the program this year:

1.      Educators – For the 2014–2015 competition, you will submit a city created in the latest version of SimCity (They are no longer using SimCity 4.) After registering, you will receive an email with a code you will use to download a free version of the software. If you need additional codes you can email Maggie Dressel at the Future City National office mdressel@nullnspe.org. There are a limited number of codes this year so please keep that in mind when requesting additional codes. In general,  you will receive 1 code for every 10 students.
2.      All educators and mentors will once again be required to register via the CMS system http://futurecity.org/register. If you have a password issue please email the National Future City office at mdressel@nullnspe.org. They will be able to reset your password for you.
3.      The Future City Regional Competition will be held on January 26, 2015 at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi.

The new program guide and handbook is available online at http://futurecity.org/all-resources. The Future City National Office will be holding an informational webinar on Wednesday, October 8th, from 4:30pm to 5:30pm EST, entitled “Feeding Future Cities”.  Once you sign up you will get a link from the National office inviting you to attend the webinar.

If you cannot attend the webinar, it will be posted to http://futurecity.org/all-resources, under the training webinars section.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Allison Marrs at amarrs@nullesd.org

Lindsey Clair

Lindsey Clair is a homeschooling mother of three daughters. She is married to her best friend Ron since 1999! Lindsey possesses a degree in Child Development and just completed her BS degree in business marketing with a social media concentration. She is currently a professional blogger and social media manager. Lindsey is also a trained musician in the areas of piano and vocals. Her hobbies include reading, shopping, blogging, and hanging out with family and friends.