The Decision Center
Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor is pleased to announce The Decision Center, our newest field trip program for students in grades 8-12. The Decision Center is an interactive education simulation that places participants in a dynamic and contemporary fictional disaster relief scenario. Individuals assume roles as relief providers, pilots, or local authorities, and collaborate to provide aid to affected island nations. Although the roles and responsibilities of each participant are prescribed, there is no predetermined outcome for completing the simulation.
The primary goal of The Decision Center is to encourage students to practice critical thinking, decision making, collaboration, and communication within a complex, realistic context. We also want them to recognize that aviation plays a central role in the well-being and future of Hawaii beyond commercial and military applications.
- “It felt like it would in real life, how the local authorities and relief organizations would actually be feeling if they were faced with these decisions. It was hard to know what the right decision was at times.”
- “I’ll never forget The Decision Center. I liked strategizing with people & using teamwork.”
- “The Decision Center teaches kids to think independently and work together.” (Participating teacher)
- “Students of different abilities can be successful when playing the game.” (Participating teacher)
The Decision Center is now available as a field trip option for a class of 15-35 students in grades 8-12. As a special promotion, this program is provided at no cost for the remainder of 2017.
Connection to Standards
The Decision Center is aligned with Common Core Language Arts and Math Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, C3 Framework and Hawaii State GLOs.
Before your visit
Role Assignments: Prior to your visit, teachers must complete the role assignments. This document assigns roles to students/players in The Decision Center. Please carefully consider your casting decisions because it will impact your students experience in The Decision Center. If you need assistance completing the casting call please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vocabulary: A glossary of subject matter terms is provided for use both prior to and during a visit to the Decision Center
Pre-visit lesson: This case study activity engage students in a decision making experience around a complex fictional community issue. This exercise will help prepare students to engage critical thinking skills. This activity can be done in small groups or as individuals. Encourage students to discuss their answers with peers.
After your visit
After Action Report encourages students to work in groups to reflect on their experience in the Decision Center
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