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Learning Sustainability with Sim City part of SISL:Activities
Sim City is a computer game that has the player design a city. They become the mayor. While designing the city from the ground up, they can choose sustainability energy options such as wind farms, geothermal, and solar. The game includes greening options and pollution factors. Teachers in a variety of disciplines can utilize this to bring their core course concepts to life. What is SimCity? SimCity is an engaging city-building simulation and continues to evolve. With this game, every choice you make will affect your city, your region and the world within the game. Educators will be able to create and share digital SimCity-based lesson plans that will encourage students to think critically about the challenges facing modern cities. In the classroom, SimCity will be more than a game it will be a way for the next generation of leaders to hone their skills through urban planning, environmental management and socio-economic development. "For decades, SimCity has been embraced by the educational community as an engaging videogame that also provides a powerful learning experience, teaching problem solving skills through imaginative civic gameplay," said Lucy Bradshaw, Senior Vice President and General Manager of EA's Maxis Label. "We want to up the ante of SimCity's educational influence. Through our collaboration with GlassLab, SimCity will become the foundation of a program to re-imagine learning in a way that will inspire today's youth to get excited about STEM education and become the problem solvers of tomorrow."