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2017 Competition: Saturday, January 21

Location: The Rhoades School, 141 S. Rancho Santa Fe Rd., Encinitas, CA 92014

Special Award categories--The same as last year (see below)

Team limit: No more than 7 teams from 1 school.  


Submission Deadlines:

SimCity Virtual City Goals Presentation (48 points) (must be uploaded in pdf format) November 18, 2016

City Essay (60 points) (pdf format, please) December 16, 2016

Project Management form (10 points) (pdf format, please), January 14, 2017

City Model (70 points) January 21, 2017

City Presentation (70 points) January 21, 2017


Late submission penalty: 5 pts per week


Topic for 2016-17

The single most important ingredient in any city is people. And people need a variety of public spaces throughout their city, both indoors and outdoors, where they can meet, relax, play, learn, connect, share cultures, create community, and build civic identity. When city planners and engineers develop public spaces they don’t just consider open fields or existing parks and plazas, they look at sites such as abandoned buildings, old railway lines, waterways (rivers, lakes, ponds), former industrial areas, and the single largest land asset in any city—the streets and sidewalks.

Public spaces, both small and large, indoors and outside, not only make an urban area more attractive and more livable, they also serve as an anchor that benefits cities in a variety of ways. Many public space projects revitalize a city’s economy by introducing new businesses and bringing in new visitors. Other public space projects help reduce crime, ease traffic congestion, improve pedestrian safety, promote healthy living, improve the environment, and enhance civic engagement. In fact, a recent study by the UN-Habitat’s Global Urban Observatories Unit found that cities that devoted about 50% of their space to public use tended to be more prosperous and have a higher quality of life.

Team challenge: Your challenge is to include in your future city a distributed network of innovative, multiuse public spaces that serves your city’s diverse population. 


2016 Results:

1st Place:  Futureville - Wildwood School, Santa Monica

2nd Place: Dema Verd - Mirman School, Los Angeles

3rd Place: Ben Green - Magnolia Science Academy, San Diego

Best Model: Ben Green - Magnolia Science Academy, San Diego

The People's Choice Award: Luminous City - St. Michael's School, Poway

Most Accessible City: Port Austin - Wildwood School, Santa Monica

Best Use of Renewable Energy: Nirvana - Our Lady of Refuge School, Long Beach

Most Futuristic Model: Tiera Vaso - The Child's Primary School, San Diego

Best Residential Zone: Vivace - Wildwood School, Santa Monica

Best Transportation: Hope Valley - St. Michael's School, Poway

Most Sustainable Food Source: Kona - Waiaha School, Hawaii

NCEES Best Use of Land Surveying Practices: Pacifica - Wildwood School, Santa Monica

Rookie of the Year Award: Storm Tech - Lucerne Valley Unified School District, Lucerne Valley

It was an awesome day at The Rhoades School in Encinitas! And we made the front section of the San Diego Union Tribune!





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