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January 22, 2022
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Updates about changes to the 2021-2022 competition process and changes to the deliverables due to the ongoing pandemic are posted on the National Future City Competition web site

Information about how the 2021-2022 Philadelphia Future City Competition will be executed will be posted on this page.


The 2021—2022 Future City Theme is Designing A Waste-Free City

Imagine a city 100 years in the future that generates no waste and no pollution. Is this even possible? If we look to the natural world, the answer is yes! In nature, one organism’s waste is another organism’s food. Nutrients and energy flow in a cycle of growth, decay, and reuse. This is called a circular system.

All around the world, engineers, city planners, innovators, entrepreneurs, and government leaders are using the principles of a circular economy to create waste-free cities. They are designing out waste and pollution, keeping products and materials in use, and regenerating natural systems.

The Competition Challenge:
Design a waste-free city that uses the principles of a circular economy.

One Pager on Waste Free Cities

Learn more about Waste Free cities and Circular Systems on our Engineering Fair Page



The mission of the DiscoverE Future City Competition is to provide a fun and exciting educational engineering program for middle school students that combines a stimulating engineering challenge with a "hands-on" application to present their vision of a city of the future.

The Philadelphia Regional Future City Competition is a 501.c.3 educational outreach program of DiscoverE. We are one of over 50 regional programs conducted throughout the the United States and the world with the goal to introduce middle school students to the engineering profession. The Future City Program continues to be on the National Association of Secondary School Principals' National Advisory List of Student Contests and Activities.

The Philadelphia Regional Competition draws schools from Philadelphia and surrounding counties including the Lehigh Valley, Southern New Jersey and Delaware. Students from middle schools and after school programs in the region form teams consisting of 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students who work with a teacher and an engineer mentor from September to January.


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Competition Overview Schools Registered Volunteer Opportunities
National Future City Competition Past Competitions Future City Philadelphia Steering Committee
2008 Philadelphia inductees
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Philadelphia Future City
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Team Instructions
Past Engineering Fairs

For Web site Information see Steering Committee


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