Virtual City

Scoring: Up to 48 points
Duration: Approximately 30 to 40 hours
Deadline: December 9, 2016

Students design a virtual city using SimCity software and present their city’s progress via a slideshow.

SimCity is a great learning tool for students to understand the complexities of city design and apply that learning as they develop their Future City. They will see how early decisions (like where to place their roads, power plants, or industrial zones) affect their city’s growth and development. The Virtual City is a trial run before kids design their competition city. But it is not a prototype of their city. Rather it’s a chance for kids to experiment and get ideas they can apply to their Future City.

For this deliverable, students choose two goals that they want to achieve in their Virtual City. At two points during the development of their Virtual City, students will document its development and their progress toward meeting their two goals. This new emphasis closely follows the engineering design process. IT also concentrates on students demonstrating their learning and sets them up to apply that learning to their City Essay, City Model, and City Presentation.

For more information and resources see this year’s Program Handbook, page 25.