Story by Keshav Singh
The die is thrown, time seems to slow down as the students hope their luck has given them a good outcome. The die stumbles until it finally shows its number. The students cheer as they have been blessed with a good outcome.
Sixth grade is currently learning about how contact between different cultures caused change and navigating oceans in the 1400’s through the Explorer simulation. This simulation is about running a ship in the 1400’s.
Aryan Acharya, sixth grade, said he enjoyed the simulation. “(It) was a fun story way to learn about the topic,” Acharya said. The simulation helped them learn about how real ships would have functioned in this time period, he said.
Tobias Tilley, another sixth grader who participated in the explorer simulation, also enjoyed the activity.
“The explorer simulation was a good way to keep us engaged on the topic while still learning it,” Tilley said. He also thought that simulations were a better way to learn the topics in class because “simulations help me remember the information a bit better than learning it through a textbook," he said.
“The simulation immerses them in the topic of exploration," Mr. Patrick Anderson, social studies teacher, said. He said he's been using this simulation for five years. Although the simulation does gave some downfalls, as sometimes students get too focused on the game aspect of the simulation
So, as the students continued to roll the dice, finding their fate, they learned about the grueling life of an explorer, and how contact between cultures creates change, while sailing the imaginary seas in room 608.
All stories, photos and video footage by the seventh and eighth grade newspaper students.