IC-CAE High School Simulation Exercise

On February 3rd 2016 the Gordon Institute for Public Policy, in association with the Department of Social Sciences, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, hosted 130 students from 14 south Florida high schools as part of the Program in National Security Studies’ High School Outreach. The IC-CAE team, with the assistance of 17 of FIU’s IC-CAE scholars, led high school students through a half-day simulation exercise that split students into diplomatic teams from the around the world and challenged them to negotiate policy options to address Iran’s nuclear program. In the process they engaged in the use of skills ranging from critical thinking to verbal communications to collaboration. When asked what they considered to be the most valuable aspect of the simulation, one of the high school participants cited “…peer to peer interaction, [and] the possibility for students to engage in international affairs and expand their knowledge.” Background material was prepared to provide important context to both high school students and IC-CAE scholars.

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