Future City New Mexico Regionals

Click Here To See The 2020-2021 Regional Finals Results and Winners

The Future City Competition is a non-profit national competition sponsored by the engineering community to promote technological literacy and engineering to middle school students. Students also learn life skills such as problem solving, teamwork, research, written and verbal communication, computer literacy, and gain an increased awareness of community related issues.

The competition consists of five phases:

  1. Develop a project plan
  2. Write an Essay and Abstract about the City
  3. Make a physical model slide show
  4. Create a City presentation video
  5. Participate in Q&A session with a panel of engineer judges through Zoom

In 2013, the New Mexico region was awarded by the National program. Since then, 1,300+ students have participated in the competitions!

2020-2021 Theme

Living on the Moon

At night, surrounded by stars or clouds, the Moon looks distant and lifeless. However, it holds a place of unique beauty and dominance in the sky and has inspired humanity for eons. Dreamers of all kinds—including artists, science fiction writers, scientists, and engineers—have imagined a thriving city on the Moon, one with healthy people and a resourceful, sustainable ecosystem. The challenges of living on the Moon do not daunt them—though those challenges
are sizeable!

The teams’ challengeDesign a futuristic lunar city and provide examples of how the city uses two Moon resources to keep its residents safe and healthy.

More information is available in the program handbook.

Get Involved!


The regional competition is open to all public, private, and parochial Middle Schools (6th, 7th & 8th grade) in New Mexico.

The deadline for registration is Oct 31.


There are multiple way for you to volunteer, including mentoring a school, volunteering at regionals, or judging at a regional or national competition. Please register online and we will get in touch with you soon.


Interested in learning more about financially sponsoring Future City? Please provide your contact information and we’ll get back to you soon. Thank you!

Important Dates

Registration DeadlineOct. 31, 2020
Essay DeadlineDec. 4, 2020
Project Plan, Physical Model Slides, Presentation Video DeadlineJan. 29, 2021
Regional Q&A CompetitionFeb 13-14, 2021
National Q&A CompetitionMarch, 2021 (date TBD)


A number of resources, for both competitors and mentors are available on the Future City HQ Website. These include more information about the research essay, presentations, SimCity, and much more.   

Need a mentor? Please e-mail newmexico@futurecity.org and we will help you find one.

Previous Competitions

Year (Program)No. of OrganizationsNo. of Teams:
Regional (Total)
Winning Team
All Awards
20141422 (24)Xenex City
(Albuquerque Academy, NM)
20151123 (36)Nos Deleitamos
(Deer Creek Middle School, CO)
2016920 (27)Delta City
(Annunciation Catholic School, NM)
20172122 (29)Future Falls
(Annunciation Catholic School, NM)
20181833 (46)Vida Sana
(Annunciation Catholic School, NM)
2019 1839 (50)Cita Forte
(Annunciation Catholic School, NM)
20201530 (40) Masfimiah
(Annunciation Catholic School, NM)
Clean Water Theme

Read more about our 2020 competition in the Taos news.


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