PMIEF, through delivery of a grant to DiscoverE, is supporting the delivery of project management knowledge to over 40,000 youth participants in the Future City competition program. The partnership between PMIEF and DiscoverE has been developing since 2012, and aligns directly with the PMIEF’s goal of bringing project management knowledge to youth.
DiscoverE’s mission through the Future City program is to incentivize students across the United States (US) to build science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) focused “cities of the future” projects. As part of the competition, students deliver their solutions via a virtual city design (using SimCity software), along with a 1,500-word city description, a scale model, a project plan, and a presentation to judges.
In 2012/2013, DiscoverE, already a PLN partner, was awarded a PMIEF grant for a 39-month pilot program that focused on youth, sustainability and the delivery of technical skills. They used the grant to develop a valuable resource for students preparing these complex “cities”: Project management curriculum.
In its pilot year, the PMIEF-sponsored project management curriculum was launched to 6th, 7th and 8th grade (ages 11 - 14) student teams from 11 schools. The pilot curriculum received excellent reviews from both students and teachers, with one teacher sharing that “[t]he project plan was one of the first things [the students] did as a team and I think it was really important because it helped them figure out people’s strengths… it was a management tool that they could continue to use.”
This teacher was not alone, with a student participant echoing her sentiments. “The project plan helped us organize the ideas we had and how we were going to actually complete construction of our city and our presentation,” the student shared. With these excellent reviews, the pilot curriculum was rolled out nationally in 2015 to over 40,000 student participants. In order to honor PM excellence, PMIEF bestows one group with the “Best Future City Project Plan” award at the National event in Washington, D.C. each January.
The PMIEF “Best Future City Project Plan” award aims at rewarding students for their collaboration efforts, ability to mitigate risk and navigation of PM principles. PMIEF is proud to partner with DiscoverE and support an amazing program like Future City. By infusing project management into an existing project like delivering a “Future City”, students develop project management as a life skill, which is at the heart of project management for social good®. If you would like to learn more about the Future City competition, PMIEF grants or how to incorporate more PM into your STEM education efforts, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.