Help Playing the Game

The Interface and Basic Navigation

How is the interface organized?
The interface is simple. It is divided into two parts. The left side is the map and the right side manages the controls for playing the game.  After you click on the map, the graphs change on the right.
How do I make the graphic on the left fit my web browser?
Click somewhere on the right side of the screen. Use Ctrl+ or Ctrl- to increase or decrease the size of the pane.
How do I see the whole map?
There is a scale bar in the upper left corner of the map. To zoom out, click the Down Arrow. To zoom in, click the Up Arrow. To reposition the map, click your cursor on the map, hold it, and drag it to a new location.

Choosing a Game to Play

How do I choose a game to play?
Click on the “Play the Game” tab at the top of your screen and start with Game #1.
Can the Games be played out of order?
The Games can be played out of order, but they do increase in difficulty from Game #1 to Game #4.
Does the game have rules I need to follow?
Review the game rules by clicking on the “Play the Game” tab at the top of your screen.

Creating a new Ward

How do I create a new Ward?
On the right side of the interface, click the radio button above the number of the ward you want to create. Use your mouse to SINGLE click on the blocks to include in that ward. You may select any ward at any time and assign and reassign any block to any ward.
What if I clicked on a block to assign it to a Ward and it didn’t select?
Click again. Sometimes the interface doesn't recognize the click.
How can I see the 2000 Chicago Ward boundaries?
Check the box:   You can do this at any time.
What do the numbers mean in the charts?
Under the column "POPULATION", the numbers represent thousands of people. The goal is to make each ward the same size or about 54,000 residents. Under the column "COMPOSITION %" the numbers represent percentages of the population by race and ethnicity.
What do the letters mean in the charts?
Under “COMPOSITION %”, the letters WBAHO stand for: W: Non-Hispanic White
B: Non-Hispanic Black
A: Non-Hispanic Asian
H: Hispanic, any race
O: Non-Hispanic Other
Why don’t the grey blocks line up with the Lake Michigan shoreline?
Different maps come from different sources. The map we use to count people comes from the US Census Bureau and it is a little different than the basemap that comes from Google.

Finishing the Game

How do I know if I have finished the game?
Depending on the Game you chose, you will have to pay attention to the POPULATION and COMPOSITION charts to see if you have met your goal. To establish population equity, you will want to your POPULATION chart to reach a goal of 53,000-54,000 people per ward. To ensure minority representation, you will want some of your wards’ COMPOSITION charts to have 55% or more of a particular racial or ethnic group. When you reach your goal, the POPULATION bar and/or COMPOSITION bar will change color. This may not be easy to achieve. Don’t give up!
How do I print my map?
Click on the button.
How do I start the game over?
Click on the  button for each ward to deselect the blocks.
How can I give you feedback on the Chicago Ward Map Redrawing Game?
Click on the “Feedback” tab on the top of your screen to take a short two question survey. We would really appreciate it!

About the Game

How did you create the Chicago Ward Map Redrawing Game and how is it different from other redistricting games on the web?
Click on the “Play the Game” tab at the top of your screen to get a general overview of why and how the game was created.
What data did you use to create Chicago Ward Map Redrawing Game?
Click on the “About the Data” tab at the top of your screen for background information on the data.
I am a teacher. How can I get information on how to play the Chicago Ward Map Redrawing Game with students in my classroom?
Click on “Credits” for contact information for Max Dieber, the director of the Urban Data Visualization Lab, and email him for a document on Teacher Facilitation Tips.