Consult with your school’s IT department early in the process to work through any issues that may arise when installing the SimCity software. Note: SimCity does not require a licensing agreement. To download a digital copy of SimCity 4 Deluxe follow these instructions:Download Directions .To install the MAC software please follow the directions that come with the software.
Encourage students to explore the toolbar, learn what each button does, and share their discoveries with each other. This is important as time will speed up in a simulation and decisions must be made rapidly during the game.
The Terrain Toolbar gives your team considerable latitude to create a terrain that will support their city. They can make rivers and coastlines; raise and lower the terrain; create trees, forests, and streams; raise or lower the sea level; and stretch the terrain. When they have finished building the terrain, they can press the “accept this terrain” button to enter the new City and then use the vertical and horizontal tool bars.
Give students several sessions to get comfortable with SimCity before they start designing in earnest. (If possible let a few students take SimCity home and have them really explore the game.)
The Mayor Mode Toolbar helps the team make the kind of decisions engineers and city planners make. Where will they put houses, commercial zones, and industries? What kind of roads will they build? How will they power the City? Use the icons on the left vertical navigation bar to place and alter City objects.
The SimCity simulation allows students to watch, experience, and draw conclusions about the complex relationships and dynamics of citizens’ needs, growth, taxation, revenues, and sustainability. Before they build their Future City, have students run several SimCity simulations. Use these questions to move them from concrete experience to abstract conceptualization and active experimentation:
As students continue to run various simulations ask:
Remember that SimCity is not a one-time build. Students can easily restart; just make sure to keep a copy of the “clean” basic city. Let students re-do the city as many times as they want—this allows them to explore the interactions and learn intuitively.
Keep ethics in mind. Cheat codes or shortcuts are not allowed and will result in point deductions.
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