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SEPTEMBER, 1996

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National Budget Simulation
http://www.budgetsim.org/nbs/

B+ CONTENT:
This is a game to balance the US National budget, with descriptions on each expenditure, and much to learn.

B AESTHETICS:
Simply designed, with little visual pleasure for the students who use this.

B+ ORGANIZATION:
This is a simple, easy-to-follow home page, with game description and then a link to the game itself.

B+ REVIEW:
This is a great concept to teach students about the Government, Math, and Economics while high-level critical thinking skills. This is a High School-Adult level game. Play either the short or long version ( I recommend the short for first time users). After picking whether you want to increase or decrease over 25 different budget areas (from the Administration of Justice to Welfare), you submit your budget and see where the deficit lies under your governing. Charts and graphs help visualize spending. There are short descriptions of each budget area to learn as students make budgeting decisions. Its a fun, problem-solving, and learning-packed game for students.