ERIC Number: ED438131
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Modeling and Simulation: PowerBoosting Productivity with Simulation.
Minnesota high school students and teachers are learning the technology of simulation and integrating it into business and industrial technology courses. Modeling and simulation is the science of using software to construct a system within an organization and then running simulations of proposed changes to assess results before funds are spent. In partnership with PROMODEL Corporation, the Southeast Service Cooperative is helping schools and communities in primarily rural southeast Minnesota to develop partnerships that make local businesses more globally competitive. School teams work with a local business or agency to identify a system that the organization wants to analyze. It may involve solving an operational problem, designing a new facility, or simply exploring possible improvements. The team compiles data from the partner to construct an animated model of the system and then runs "what if" simulations. Students develop a variety of communication, research, and technology skills, as well as an understanding of their community's economic development. Teachers can integrate the program into existing classes or offer it as a separate class. This paper describes how a modeling and simulation project might work, lists hardware and software requirements and costs, briefly profiles school-community projects in Minnesota small towns, outlines program benefits and relevance to Minnesota graduation requirements, and provides contact information. A Power Point slide presentation provides additional information. (SV)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southeast Minnesota Service Cooperative, Rochester.
Identifiers - Location: Minnesota