October 31st is the deadline for schools to register to participate in the Chicago Regional of this year's Future City competition, to take place January 16, 2010 at UIC, where 7th and 8th graders will design future cities with simulation software, build scale models, write essays and give oral presentations on their city's design. This year's challenge, Providing An Affordable Living Space For People Who Have Lost Their Home Due to a Disaster, is about designing affordable housing while adhering to LEED standards. The Chicago Regional winning team travels to Washington, D.C. during Engineer's Week, February 15-17, 2010 for the national finals. Grand prize winners win a trip to Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama. Second and third prize winners receive $5,000 and $2,000 scholarships for their schools’ technology programs.
As of Monday, there were 26 schools signed up for the Chicago Regional, with the North and Northwest suburbs as yet unrepresented. You can register your school by emailing Don Wittmer or on-line.