Sunday July 29, PM Workshps

W41: Reacting to the Past – A New Pedagogy of Engagement for Science Education

David E. Henderson, Trinity College
Susan K. Henderson, Trinity College

The Reacting to the Past  science curriculum, developed in part with support from the NSF-CCLI program, is an active pedagogy based on role-playing games that use important historical moments to engage students in STEM topics. Reacting to the Past  simulations are suitable for use in non-majors level and majors level STEM courses. During this workshop, participants will play Acid Rain in Europe – 1984 : The European Response to SO2 Pollution. This game addresses scientific, economic, and philosophical issues related to international pollution control. This game is flexible in that it can be used in chemistry and environmental science courses at many levels by adjusting the way in which primary journal articles are incorporated into the game. The arguments involved closely parallel current debates over climate change, including issues of environmental justice.  Before the session begins, participants will be assigned roles as national representatives to the UN Conference in Geneva in 1984. During the workshop, participants will engage in negotiations with the goal of an international treaty to reduce acid forming pollutants. Each nation brings a particular set of goals to the negotiations and if their goals are met “wins” the game. The workshop will also provide information on the range of Reacting to the Past games available, assessment results, and the growing network of faculty who support this initiative; 3-hour session.

Intended Audience: UG

$15 fee; limit of 25 participants

Sunday, July 29, 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., 201 OSM


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