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iPlan: A Flexible Platform for Exploring Complex Land-Use Issues in Local Contexts

September 1, 2017 - August 31, 2021

iPlan is a free online game that allows learners to construct, investigate, and solve simulated urban and regional planning problems. Suitable for use on smart phones, tablets, Chromebooks, and laptops, iPlan allows learners to explore the impacts of land-use decisions in their own local contexts. The system uses geospatial data, ecological and economic models, and optimization routines to transform any location in the contiguous United States into an interactive land-use planning simulation. Players construct rezoning plans that address socioeconomic and environmental issues, and their plans are evaluated by virtual stakeholders who advocate for different community priorities. iPlan thus provides a flexible platform for exploring complex land-use issues nationwide.


Funding Program: Advancing Informal STEM Learning
Award Number: DRL-1713110
Funding Amount: $2,000,000


  • University of Wisconsin–Madison
  • Massachusetts Audubon Society
  • Resource Type: Projects | Project Descriptions
    Discipline: Climate | Ecology, forestry, and agriculture | Education and learning science | General STEM | Geoscience and geography | Life science | Technology
    Audience: Administration/Leadership/Policymakers | Adults | Educators/Teachers | Families | General Public | Learning Researchers | Middle School Children (11-13) | Museum/ISE Professionals | Parents/Caregivers | Seniors | Undergraduate/Graduate Students | Youth/Teen (up to 17)

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