- Competition Forms
- Letter to Parents
- Orientation Workshop Materials
- Mentor Information
- SimCity Resources
- Lessons Learned
- List of Penalties
- Where to Learn More
about Essay Research, City Planning, Model Building, Engineering and more.
- 2016-2017 Educator Handbook (pdf)
- Coming soon ... 2016-2017 Judge's Manual (pdf)
- Coming soon ... 2016-2017 SimCity Judging Instructions (xlsx)
Electronic copies of FC forms (2016):
- Expense Form (pdf)
- Honor Statement (pdf)
- Media Waiver Form (pdf) [optional]
- Home School Affidavit (doc) / (pdf)
Letter for teachers to print and send to parents of student competitors explaining the FC program and timeline (Aug-2016).
NTX Regional WebinarsAll sessions recorded on our FCC NTX YouTube Channel
- 2016 Training Sessions
- FCC Orientation and Overview (15-Oct-2016): presentation pdf
- Virtual City Deliverable (15-Oct-2016): presentation pdf
- Previous Training Sessions
National Webinars and Video Tutorials
How to Find a Mentor for Your Team
If they are agreeable, mentors may work with more than one team.
Alternatively, 2-3 volunteers may team-up together to mentor the student team(s) (in other words, a "mentor" doesn't have to be one person, although one mentor must be named as the official team member).
Resources for Mentors
Hints and suggestions from some of our most experienced mentors.
For 2015-16, 2016-17: New SimCity (Offline mode)
This year, you will be using the new SimCity offline version to build and test your virtual city design. The old SimCity 4 is not acceptable.
If you already have SimCity installed on your computers, you may continue using it, making sure to have the update for offline play.
For offline play, (details below)
- You do not need to be connected to the Internet
- Region and city files are stored locally on your hard drive
- You can backup your work and test new ideas
- You can turn off disasters
Manuals and tutorials:
- SimCity manuals
- NTX SimCity tips - (revised Oct-2015) the result of many hours of research and play
- NTX SimCity webinar - 2014 recorded session
(Aug-2015) Once your group is registered and you have completed the online survey (second half of the registration process), you may request up to 3 SimCity download redemption codes. You do this through the Team Center online system. This SimCity download requires that you be able to access (and create an account on) EA's Origin platform. For help in downloading, consult the basic download instructions.
Additional copies of SimCity: (Sep-2015) You may be able to obtain additional copies of SimCity from the FC National Program Manager.
Alternative: Contact the Regional Coordinator for suggestions on how to maximize SimCity across multiple computers.
(2015) There is no required/default region for this year's project. The team may use any of the regions to develop their city. Likewise, they may use any of the possible city sites within the region. You need only develop one city, however, you may develop all all of the sites and choose one for judging.
SimCity Special Instructions
IF YOU ARE SELECTING A SERVER, YOU ARE NOT OFFLINE.
In offline mode, SimCity will store the city files on the local hard drive. So, players must use the same computer every time (or they won't be able to continue with the game/city they have developed).
Be sure to turn off Random Disasters - Options Menu (three dots in upper right corner), Settings Tab.
Sandbox Mode Not Allowed. Be sure NOT to select "Sandbox" mode when initially starting your game (when you select your region and city site).
Multiple teams using the same computer: Multiple teams can use the same computer and Origin ID. Each team should start its own game/region and develop a city site. Each must give their game/region a unique name and only play their own game/region.
Saving and Backing up your Work: use the "Save As" function under the Options menu (three dots in the upper right) to create a back up of your game/region. You can also turn off the Auto Save function under the Options menu - this could be useful if you want to test out various ideas and recover back to where you started.
Transferring SimCity files to another computer. Step-by-step instructions for locating your SimCity city file and moving it to a second computer.
- This project takes time, so plan accordingly.
- Educators: 30-40 hours
- Mentors: 20-40 hours
- Design city: 18-20 hours
- Build model: 40-60 hours
- Essay: 8 hours
- Presentation: 7 hours
- Virtual City Design - 20%
- Model - 27%
- Essay - 22%
- Presentation - 27%
- Project Plan - 4%
- Late or missing work. See Schedule for specific dates.
- Virtual City, City Essay, and Project Plan deliverables after due date - Minus 5 points
- Note: Missing work does not disqualify a team.
- Incomplete or missing Honor Statement - Minus 2 points
- Exceeding the maximum word limit on the City Essay - Minus 10 points
- Over budget or undocumented expenses - Model and presentation costs exceeding $100 or missing Expense Form - Minus 15 points
- Incomplete expense form - missing receipts, not accounting for all major items, missing teacher or mentor signature - Minus 5 points
- Model ID - Missing all or part of Model ID - Minus 1-5 points
- Model size - Exceeding the max dimensions for the model in any direction, at any time during the presentation - Minus 15 points
- Presentation size - Exceeding the max dimensions for presentation and demonstration materials - Minus 15 points
- Presentation time - Exceeding the max presentation time - Minus 5 points
- Unsportsmanlike conduct by team members or guests (includes rude behavior to judges, competitors, or disruption of another team's judging session) - Minus 20 points
- Plagiarism of any part or all of the City Essay - 0 points earned for the deliverable
- Destruction of another team's model or presentation materials - Disqualification
- SimCity resources section with special instructions for downloading, working offline, and sharing SimCity across multiple teams.
- Orientation Workshop materials
- SimCity playing tips for success
- SimCity website
- Forums and guides: IGN and Prima Games Guide
- City Design and Planning
- FCC City Planning Activity
- American Planning Association - Several areas for kids. In particular, check out Kids and the Community area.
- Learning by Design - BSA's K-12 architecture and design education programs.
- National Building Museum a variety of exhibitions and resources for educators and students.
- EPA and the Smart Growth Network.
- Project Planning
- National FC Project Plan page.
- Project Plan (form) - filter on "Competition Forms and Project Plan."
- Project Management for K-12 Educators (pdf presentation)
- Essay Resources
- FC Website essay reference links and strategies (filter on "Research Resources and Websites")
- N TX winning essays 2009, 2010 and 2012.
- Virtual City Deliverable
- Slideshow template and example (filter on "Activities and Background Info")
- Orientation Workshop materials - Virtual City slideshow (coming soon)
- FCC Model Concepts Activity
- FCC Model Construction Activity
- Other model and construction activities (filter on "Activities and Background Info")
- N TX top models and supply lists, 2009, 2010, and 2012.
- Photos of models from previous N TX regional competitions and national finals.
- Speaker resources from Toastmasters International
- North Texas presentation from 2016 National Finals
- TryEngineering.org - Discover the engineer in in you.
- eGFI - ASEE's Engineering, Go For It site.
- Phoenix FC Website. Contents include project planning, engineering issues related to the development of a major project and research suggestions that the students can use in the city development process.