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Organizational Meeting: Mentoring Detroit Middle School Students for the Michigan Regional Future City Competition
Inspire the Future
Art + Architecture Building
In its 16th year, the Michigan Regional Future City Competition is not just another school requirement. It goes beyond the classroom to inspire 6th, 7th and 8th grade students and nurture their interest in math, science, engineering and technology.
Volunteer mentors are an integral part of this rewarding and hands-on experience. Students learn how engineers, architects, urban planners and landscape architects turn ideas into reality and apply their knowledge to real world situations. As a mentor, giving a few hours of your time could mean a lifelong interest and even commitment to core academic subjects. Throughout the Future City Competition, mentors work with student teams as they design and build their city of the future. The middle school students must do all of the actual work from designing of the city on the computer to writing an essay, building a physical tabletop model and giving a verbal presentation. The mentor commitment entails: Spending one or two hours every week or every other week with your team of students; Sharing your technical expertise with participants- (Mentors must have a technical background sufficient to understand the project and coach the team); and Working with your students to help them harness their enthusiasm and channel their ideas into a coherent city.
Mentoring the next generation is truly a rewarding experience. The Engineering Society of Detroit matches engineers, architects, urban planners, and landscape architects with area middle school teams.