Electronic Arts and digital learning non-profit GlassLab have announced SimCityEDU, an online community and resource based on EA Maxis' SimCity. SimCityEDU will allow teachers to create SimCity-based lesson plans to help students learn about the issues facing modern cities and towns.
"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 EA Maxis senior vice president and general manager Lucy Bradshaw.
"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."
No specific release window for the SimCityEDU tool was given, though it will probably come after SimCity's March 5, 2012 release date.