SimCity enters the classroom as educational tool

SimCity enters the classroom as educational tool
Craig Chapple

By Craig Chapple

January 21st 2013 at 3:42PM

New partnership designed to help inspire more students into jobs in game development

EA has agreed a deal with GlassLab to bringing a modified version of SimCity to the classroom.

The partnership is designed to help inspire more students into jobs in research, technology and game development and to help improve STEM (Science, technology, engineering and math) education.

Before the educational game’s release, a website called SimCityEDU will server as an online resource and community for teachers using the title to create and share lesson plans.

GlassLab is a US developer based at EA’s headquarters, and is sponsored by EA, the Gates Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, the ESA and several other education-focused organisations.

The move follows other games being used in similar educational programs, such as Minecraft which is now being used in Swedish school Viktor Rydberg to help students learn about environmental issues and city planning.

Visit the SimCityEDU website for more information.