Future City New Mexico Regionals

Click Here To See The 2022-2023 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!

2022-2023 Theme

Climate Change

Today’s cities are designed for the long-term average temperatures and weather patterns specific to their region. But climates around the world are not following past weather patterns; they are changing. Researchers have found that the global average temperature has increased by about 1.8°F from 1901 to 2016.

Engineers, scientists, and city planners are helping cities prepare for climate change through adaption and mitigation. What will future cities look like if today’s cities begin to adapt to climate change and install mitigation strategies to combat climate change?

The teams’ challengeChoose a climate change impact and design one innovative and futuristic climate change adaption and one mitigation strategy to keep your residents healthy and safe.

More information is available in the Future City 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 ways 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 DeadlineOctober 31, 2022
Essay DeadlineDecember 4, 2022
Project Plan, Physical Model Slides, Presentation Video DeadlineJanuary 21, 2023
Regional Q&A CompetitionJanuary 21, 2023
National Q&A CompetitionFebruary 18-22, 2023


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
20211833Callisto (Annunciation Catholic School, NM)
20222212 (45)Meridia (Annunciation Catholic School, NM)

Read more about our 2020 competition in the Taos news.


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