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Computer Game Helps Teach Kids About Planning

A contest inspired by 'SimCity' gives middle-schoolers a taste of the complexities of city planning -- and the fun of making a perfect place

"There's no telling how the careers of Adam Meyer, Cory Li and Samantha Powers will evolve, but in recent weeks they've gotten a pretty good taste of what it might be like to be a civil engineer, urban planner or city manager." "The trio of seventh-graders, along with collaborators, represented Raleigh's Ligon Middle School in North Carolina's first Future City competition. The contest uses the computer game "SimCity 3000" to warm students up to the idea of designing and building a city."

Thanks to Christian Peralta

Full Story: Fun city -- serious learning


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