One of the best ways to learn about something is to immerse yourself in it. These resources allows students to immerse themselves in a whole city or the planet. Or create a new one.
Earth and Town
The GeoSim site contains modules and databases, primarily for older students. learn more
Kids Do Ecology
This project facilitated by U.C. Santa Barbra and the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis provides an inquiry-based approach to science that is fun and meaningful. Ecologists and teachers in Santa Barbara, Goleta, and Carpinteria schools are working with 5th grade classes to design and conduct scientific experiments in ecology. Students learn the scientific… learn more
RealLives Believes in an Empathetic World The Largest Gamified Simulation Engine of Human Experience on the Planet Real Lives is a unique, interactive life simulation game that enables you to live one of billions of lives in any country in the world. Through statistically accurate events, the game brings to life different cultures, human geography,… learn more
Sim City and other simulation titles
Maxis (now Electronic Arts) pioneered environmental simulation software for students. The series includes SimEarth, SimCity and, recently, the Sims (probably not appropriate for students). Each involves constructing a place from scratch with a toolbox of buildings, natural features and roles of inhabitants. As the site grows, student strike a balance between a healthy environment and… learn more