Guide Students Thinking: Designing a Virtual City

students playing simcity2Hello Teachers,

It’s time to focus on designing your “virtual” city, which is the first component of the Future City competition!

The National Future City website has some great tips on how you can start to Guide Your Students’ Thinking toward what their city design will be and a fun video about using SimCity to Design Your Virtual City. Check it out to see a list of questions you can present to get those wheels turning!

Also, share the Virtual City Checklist and Rubric with your students to ensure you stay on track to obtain the maximum point value for your SimCity! This checklist/rubric can also be found in your handbook.

If anyone hasn’t received their SimCity codes yet, please email me ( and let me know.



Virtual City Simulation & Form Due Dec. 3, 2013


imp dateThis is a reminder that we have a deadline fast approaching. The SimCity Virtual City is due next week, December 3, 2013, along with the Virtual City Form. Please see the “Additional Resources” tab for instructions on uploading.

Contact the SNV Future City Co-technology Coordinator @ for any questions or assistance with uploading.

Good Luck!


Las Vegas Science & Technology Festival Expo Day (Saturday, May 4)


Future City will have a booth at Saturday’s Expo at Cashman Center – please stop by to say hello!  Also, be a part of the Expo FUN and join the Saber Light flashmob! Details can be found at 

The Las Vegas Science & Technology Expo is the biggest science celebration ever seen in our community and will be FREE and open to the public from 10am – 7pm at Cashman Center. Over 80 organizations will be demonstrating hundreds of super cool hands-on science, technology, and engineering concepts. There will two stages featuring hours of science-themed entertainment and special programs including the The Banana Slug String Band, Rubik’s Cube speed-solving competition, and Cox Communications “Stars of Science” presentation and so much more.

Upcoming Webcast: “Introducing Girls to Engineering”

From the national committee…

It is my pleasure to share with you an exciting webcast on February 23rd from 2:00-3:00pm EST – eWeek themed “Introducing Girls to Engineering”, where a panel of women engineering professionals will respond to moderator and live audience questions. The meeting Invitation & RSVP can be accessed/shared here:

Southern Nevada Future City 2012 Winners!

Congratulations to the 2011-2012 Southern Nevada Region Future City Competition winners!

First Place – Triland from Hyde Park Middle School

Our first place team wins a trip to Washington D.C. in February to compete in the national competition.

Second Place – Falcon from Alexander Dawson
Third Place – Concordia from Del Webb Middle School
Fourth Place – Star City from Las Vegas Day School
Fifth Place – Firestone from Mannion Middle School

Other Awards

Best Computer City Design – Concordia from Del Webb Middle School
Best Essay – Triland from Hyde Park Middle School
Best Physical Model – Firestone from Mannion Middle School
Best Presentation – Triland from Hyde Park Middle School

Congratulations to all the participants and we hope to see you back next year.