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New Zealand students manage virtual city for chance to win IT gear
Posted on 29-May-2007 23:24. | Tags Filed under: News.

New Zealand students manage virtual city for chance to win IT gear
Genesis Energy has launched a virtual city on-line game where students can develop their own cities and compete against other students and schools.

The company has developed a web-based game called ElectroCity which sees players name their very own town and work towards a balance of sustainable energy, city growth and profit. Players have 150 turns to create a city, generate revenue, build power generation and manage the resulting environmental impact while keeping their citizens happy.

“We recognise the importance of sustainable energy generation, energy efficiency and environmental management. We want to help people think about these subjects laterally, and what better way than to experience them first-hand and see the impacts of your decisions,” says Genesis Energy Chief Executive Murray Jackson.

ElectroCity has been launched to schools in New Zealand, accompanied byeducational resources and activities designed to accompany teaching programmes about the topical issues raised in the game.

“ElectroCity has been designed to complement Genesis Energy’s other educational initiatives such as Schoolgen,” says Mr Jackson. “As well as being an interesting and engaging game, it is a catalyst for school children to learn about climate change, different types of energy generation and the importance of sustainability.”

Schools that have registered to play ElectroCity are entered into a competition where the highest scoring student wins $10,000 worth of HP technology equipment for their school. There is an online leader board for students to keep track of their town’s score and to compare their rating with other towns.

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