SCORING UP TO 75 POINTS
DURATION APPROXIMATELY 10-12 HOURS
DEADLINE DECEMBER 13, 2013
In the RESEARCH ESSAY component of the FUTURE CITY COMPETITION students research the year's topic and write an essay (maximum of 1000 words) on how that topic influenced or shaped the design of their city.
THIS YEAR'S RESEARCH THEME
Thousands of years ago we had only one way to move—on foot. In today’s cities there are lots of ways to get around, including bikes, cars, mass transit (like buses, trains, subways, and ferries), escalators, and walkways. Engineers design solutions like these to transport people quickly, safely, and using the least amount of energy. But with so many people on the move, there are bound to be safety problems (like crashes), environmental impacts (like air pollution), and health impacts (like long commutes). Whatever the size and location of your future city, you’ll need to think creatively to keep people moving.
Identify a problem of moving people in your future city and design a mode of transportation to solve this problem.
The video below is available on the national website and hosted on YouTube. It addresses the importance of good communication skills and has tips for writing a successful Research Essay.
SAMPLE RESEARCH ESSAYS
Did you know you can read examples of past winning essays on-line. Looking at past winners is a great way to understand what the judges look for and how to be competitive. Sample essays can be found on the National website under the SHOWCASE section. Just click on RESEARCH ESSAY in the FILTERBY section and update the results. Then click on an image and click again to read the essay. You can also click on the link below:
Don't forget about proper citation in your essay. Click the link below for the Future City MLA template.
The RESEARCH ESSAY RUBRIC explains the scoring of this important component of the competition. You should review it prior to getting started and cross check with it when your essay outline is fleshed out.
You will need to submit a RESEARCH ESSAY FORM as part of the paper work for the Competition. This form can be found under Competition Forms in the column to the left or you can download it by clicking on the link below:
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