The nonprofit started by retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor has launched an online game to teach children about their local government. O'Connor is spending her time in retirement pushing the idea that children and Americans in general need to learn more about their state, local, and federal governments. The game is called Counties Work, and was put together by O'Connor's group iCivics and the National Association of Counties.
The game, similar to SimCity, puts players in charge of their own virtual county government, allowing them to set sales and property tax rates and manage that revenue to build roads or provide social services. The game also lets players deal with the concerns of their virtual citizens by either pointing them towards and available government agency or spending resources to create new programs that deal with problems or are recommended by citizens. Players will also have to deal with the occasional disaster or crisis.
The game won the American Society of Association Executives' (ASAE) 2012 Gold Circle Award for Innovative Communications. The award will be presented in Washington on May 24.
Source: The Hill