SCORING UP TO 90 POINTS
DURATION APPROXIMATELY 18-20 HOURS
DEADLINE DECEMBER, 2014
Students use SimCity software to design a virtual city that has progressed 150 years into the future and has a population of at least 50,000 residents. In this Future City Competition component students learn how cities operate and what it takes to maintain them and for them to thrive.
The video below is available on the national website and hosted on YouTube. It introduces the SimCity software used to design your virtual city, and the basic requirements and tips for a successful VIRTUAL CITY.
IMPORTANT THINGS TO REMEMBER ABOUT THE VIRTUAL CITYWhen developing your VIRTUAL CITY remember these important things so you don't have problems and don't lose points.
Always consult with your IT department prior to and during the install of your SimCity software. You want to make sure it will be available when and where your students need it. Firewall and network issues are the most frequent problems that come up.
You may have some Students on your team who know the software already, but make sure you allow enough time for the Educator, Mentor and other Students to explore and become familiar with it so that you all can be engaged.
All teams entering the FUTURE CITY COMPETITION are required to use the Medium City Starter Region provided by National.
Make sure to explore the TOOLBAR and TERRANE TOOLBAR before starting your VIRTUAL CITY.
The intention of this component is to learn about how cities are design, work and are maintained. This means your team should take the time to think, investigate, design, test and retest you decisions. Remember your searching for the best design solution, not just any solution.
Remember the MAYOR MODE TOOLBAR this feature will provide you with the kind of information about your design to make more informed descisions. Always check the implact of your decisions on the health and viability of the City and its Sims. Designing, Building, and Maintaining a city is always an ethical act. Make sure you do what is best for all!
Designing your VIRTUAL CITY 150 years in the future and for a minimum of 50,000 residents are benchmarks you must reach. If you don't you will lose points.
For the 2015 Future City Competition you will submit a city in the latest version of SimCity. After registering, you will receive an email with a code you will use to download a free copy of the software.
FIrewall issue: SimCIty requires you to install the free EZ gaming system, Origin, on your computers(s). Some organizations' firewalls need to be altered to allow access to Origin and SimCIty. For more on Origin, go to www.origin.com/faq
Always remember to consult your IT specialist before notifying us of your selection.
SIMCITY RESOURCE PAGE
The VIRTUAL CITY RUBRIC explains the scoring of this important Component of the competition. You should review it prior to getting started and cross check with it when your virtual FUTURE CITY is fleshed out.
BE A PART OF THE FUTURE! BUILD YOUR FUTURE CITY TODAY!