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Design the Virtual City

Plan a city of the future using SimCity software.  
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21% of total score
18-20 hours
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November 2014
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Students use SimCity software to design a city that progresses into the future.

Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • Discuss what goes into planning and maintaining a city.

  • Describe the consequences of decisions regarding various city functions (taxes, budget, services, etc).

  • Identify basic city services and features (such as emergency services, transportation, and education).

  • Identify areas of zoning and the services that comprise city infrastructure (commercial, residential, and industrial).

  • Explain the importance of city location, placement of city features, and proportions in zoning.

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How do I get SimCity?

For the 2014–2015 competition,you will submit a city created in the latest version of SimCity. After registering, you will receive an email with a code you will use to download a free version of the software.

Firewall Issues: SimCity requires you to install the free EA gaming system, Origin, on your computer(s). Some organizations’ firewalls need to be altered to allow access to Origin and SimCity. For more on Origin, go towww.origin.com/faq.

SimCity Competition Requirements

All teams must design their city using the Whitewater Valley region. Teams can choose to build their city from any of the five sites within the region. You will select this region from the menu options when you create a new city.

SimCity Help

Technical support is available from your Regional Coordinator and from Electronic Arts at www.simcity.ea.com or by phone at the Electronic Arts support line: 1-650-572-2810.

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