The Sims 4: School Potential

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I’ve been playing The Sims 4 since the game became free to the general public and I think I have an obsession.

To build houses.

Decorate houses.

Changing the landscape.

Playing with genetics.

Dress up your sims.

Wait a minute. After about 30 hours of play, I realized that The Sims 4 could be really beneficial for students, especially for basic architecture and biology classes.

  1. Architecture

The building commands are quite easy to understand and the learning curve is very easy to overcome. Students will not only be able to understand the general layout of their building, but also create floor plans and place basic equipment. With the limited number of furniture designs, users will focus more on placement than design, which is what architecture majors should focus on. The Sims 4 could replace or even act as a supporting resource for all of the physical designs students produce for their classes with the added benefit of testing their designs to determine if the designs are realistic or not. This involves placing a SIM card in the building and determining whether certain devices are usable or not. While there are a few bugs, overall The Sims 4 – if used in schools – would be a valuable app for architecture lessons.

  1. Landscape architecture

There are a plethora of landscaping options in The Sims 4 – from planting trees and shrubs to raising the elevation of the land to create a pond or a small hill. These options are ideal for students to test and view landscape options from many different perspectives. A top-down view, as well as a rotating camera, is included to help students realize their vision with more attention to detail. And the ability to view the work of others in the gallery or even filter featured designs down to just subscribers can be very useful in school settings where distractions need to be minimized. So it allows teachers and students to see each other’s buildings and landscapes in a very easy way.

  1. Biology

While The Sims 4’s genetics are far from perfect, the coding that goes into creating a child from two different sims isn’t entirely wrong either. Rather than asking students to rely solely on punnett squares, having characters who display these phenotypes could help students better understand what exactly is going on. I remember when I first learned about genetics in college, the biology behind the traits was a little hard to visualize – and it’s best to have examples that look like humans because it fosters a connection and therefore learning. Again, this system isn’t without its flaws, but theoretically it could be a great resource to use in the classroom.

So why not give The Sims 4 a try? If you love animal crossing, you’ll love The Sims 4. It’s free and extremely customizable.

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