Sandra Day O'Connor backs online game to teach kids about government

Players can help their digital citizens find the right agency to help with a problem or take their recommendations for new government projects. But some people's recommendations may not be the best use of the county's funds — such as painting all the buildings yellow or collecting taxes from pets. 

Players also have to deal with crises, such as chemical spills.

The game, which is designed for students grades six through 12, aims to teach "about the important role and functions of county government."

The National Association of Counties provides additional resources on its website to help teachers use the game in their classrooms. 

The game won the American Society of Association Executives' (ASAE) 2012 Gold Circle Award for Innovative Communications. The award will be presented in Washington on May 24.