Building the scale model is probably the most fun that you will have in the competition. If you made a good city outline and a good city layout, it will make this job a lot easier. Also, if you used the scale conversion worksheet, you probably have all the right sized pieces to construct your model. Remember to review the rubric before you begin, click here.

We've assembled some useful hints to help you construct your city. We can't guarantee that if you use these instructions that you will win an award, but it should make getting the job done much easier. Note: do not forget your moving part.

Let's get started.

Model Criteria

  • Quality workmanship
  • Recognizable as a city
  • Has “futuristic”aspects
  • Use of color, graphics, shapes, etc.
  • Realistic
  • Pleasing to the eye
  • Durable
  • Consistent horizontal and vertical scale, has a 3-dimensional aspect
  • Vertically oriented models are not accepted
  • Moving Part: innovation, quality and relationship to function
  • Use of recycled materials, variety of materials and their creative use and modification

Model Parameters

  • Built to a scale
  • Size requirements:25” wide x 50” long x 20” high
  • $100.00 (One Hundred Dollar Limit)
  • This includes the value of the materials used insupport of the presentation, donated materials, items that are “brought in”, such as a full box of staples asopposed to just a few of them, handouts and ”uniforms/costumes”.
  • Contains a moving part
  • Model Identification card
  • Must be able to be transported and repaired, if needed

Judging Categories

City Design 20 Points
Quality and Scale 15 Points
Materials and Moving Part(s) 15 Points
Judge Assessment of Model 20 Points

Getting Started

  • Pick an area of the city that best showcases the competition criteria and your concept(s) for the city. (city layout)
  • Choose a scale that best combines the area chosen, the concept and the model size requirements (scale conversion worksheet)
  • PLAN EVERYTHING, know what you want the end product to be.
  • Pick materials that match the scale and the items they are going to be.
  • Create and/or find a well ventilated and well lit workspace that is big enough for the model and the construction of it.

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