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Solar City

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Uploaded on Oct 4, 2015

Solar City addresses the tension between our energy crisis and the need for a healthy environment and healthy in-vironment (human health).

Solar City challenges kids to replace rooftop chimney-scapes (think the chimneys on rooftops in Disney's Mary Poppins or more modernly, coal and oil plant chimneys) with cleaner and more beautiful solar and tree-scapes!

You start by getting your own house "off the grid" (energy independent of coal plants), and become so popular the city chooses you to be Mayor to do the same for the rest of the city!

Solar City taps into the challenging puzzle elements of games like Tetris and Tangrams and encourages the creativity, self-expression, and sharing of games like MineCraft and Terraria.

Basically you stick solar panels of various shapes on complex 3D rooftops, attempting to cover enough of the rooftop to power the building independent of a power plant. You can then add trees, bushes, and flowers (learning their names) to make the rooftop beautiful and more like a garden than a parking lot.

The more you "connect" your city to the Sun with solar, the faster you disconnect the city from the fog and inversion of coal powered plants. The game ends when the coal plant shuts down, and maybe goes green and solar, too!

Solar City won the People's Choice award at the Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake City. This video is part of our national entry for the Climate Game Jam sponsored by the White House in October 2015.

http://www.ClimateGameJam.org/

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We believe today's kids are tomorrow's consumers. If we get them invested in the idea of solar and treescapes on rooftops while they are young, they will demand the same when they are older, creating the change we are looking for.

Trees and gardens on rooftops are already commonplace in cities like San Francisco and Salt Lake City. Solar City believes a well designed game can help spread the seeds of such ideas more effectively than any other medium.

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