Ever wonder what life would be like somewhere other than Earth? Or what it would take to live on the moon? The student participants in DiscoverE's Future City Competition are wondering just that—and creating bold project management plans for the future.
Future City, a program of DiscoverE, the preeminent engineering competition for middle–school–aged youth, engages more than 40,000 young people each year in the United States and abroad who are interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). This year, the PMI Educational Foundation (PMIEF) and PMI chapter volunteers are helping to judge regional competitions and the upcoming national 2020–2021 Future City Competition–"Living on the Moon"—which challenges teams of youth in sixth, seventh and eighth grades to design a lunar city that uses two moon resources to keep citizens safe and healthy.
Since 2013, PMIEF has helped DiscoverE integrate project management into its premier events and program. As a result, students have learned how to develop a project management plan to guide their design of a city 100 years into the future that addresses myriad social, environmental and technological concerns.
In January and February, PMI chapter volunteers and PMIEF advocates helped judge the winners of the Best Project Plan award for nearly 30 Future City Competition regions across the United States, in preparation for the national event taking place on 13 March.
While PMIEF has been sponsoring the Best Project Plan award for many years now, 2020—2021 is the first academic year where nearly all aspects of the competition have been virtual.
By using PMIEF's questions and scoring rubric (aligned with the Future City Competition handbook's guidelines of "define, plan, do and review"), volunteers assessed how well youth learned and applied project management when designing their city of tomorrow during their regional events. They determined the top–scoring teams by reviewing their written statements and recorded presentations, or by meeting with them during a real–time, virtual Q&A session.
We're so grateful for the help and volunteerism of the PMI chapter members who helped make the Best Project Plan award a reality. Below are some volunteer testimonials about the impact of volunteering with Future City.
For more information on DiscoverE and the upcoming competition, visit www.DiscoverE.org. And don't forget to check back with PMIEF to learn who the winners of the national event in April 2021 will be!