Students create a virtual city using SimCity software. Be sure to read the full 2016-2017 Program Handbook and review the updated virtual city requirements.
Creating a virtual city is a great way for students to learn how a city develops and changes over time. In SimCity students play the role of mayor, and will see how early decisions (like where to place their roads, power plants, or industrial zones) can affect the development of their city and the well-being of their Sims. While playing, students must make tough choices that affect their city, the environment, and its inhabitants.
Not only will students explore the systems that make up a city, (how they develop and how they interact with one another), but students also consider consequences and tradeoffs as they apply to city development. The concepts that students learn while playing SimCity will benefit them as they work towards completing the project requirements.
Before students get started, be sure to download and review the following items:
For more on the Virtual City, download the Program Handbook from the Resource section.