Our rural communities are dwindling because the youth are not thinking about what they can do with the resources they have and instead are stuck with wanting to get to the cities where modern thinking is. If,on the other-hand, they could encounter a sim that would confront them with outside-the-box entrepreneurial concepts with authentic metadata to build a business plan.
My company, appelDesign is building such a simulation collaborating with the state universities and the Cooperative Extension Agencies in Indiana. The goal is for each player to build a business in a rural context and run it through the simulatin to see the outcomes, revise and run again.
Stressing STEM skills will allow integration into 6-16 education contexts.