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Electronic Arts and GlassLab announce SimCityEDU | Level Up News

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Electronic Arts and GlassLab announce SimCityEDU

 

Electronic      Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA), in collaboration with GlassLab, today      announced SimCityEDU is in development, an online educational community      based on the award-winning SimCityTM videogame.      SimCityEDU will serve as a resource for classroom teachers who have a      strong interest in utilizing digital platforms as a learning tool to      drive student interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and      Mathematics) subjects*.

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 partnership 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.”

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter hosted a panel today, titled “Learn.      Build. Create.: Connected Learning Over the Next Four Years” at the       United States Conference of Mayors in Washington, D.C. Featuring a      diverse group of panelists including Special Assistant to the President      for Education Policy Roberto Rodriguez, MacArthur Foundation Director of      Education for U.S. Programs Constance Yowell, and musician and      philanthropist John Legend, the group engaged in a discussion on the      importance of community-centered, connected learning. The discussion      focused on public-private partnerships with a goal to advance STEM      education, including EA and GlassLab’s collaborative effort on      SimCityEDU.

To learn more about forthcoming SimCityEDU project and about the SimCity videogame, which will be released worldwide from March 5, please visit www.SimCity.com.

* SimCityEDU’s curriculum and tools will be correlated to U.S. Common      Core standards.

 

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