The Decision Center

Grades 8-12

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.


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.

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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

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Vocabulary: A glossary of subject matter terms is provided for use both prior to and during a visit to the Decision Center

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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.

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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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Recommended Resources

The Hawaii based Pacific Disaster Center aims to foster disaster resilient communities. Online resources include live global tracking of disasters, in addition to disaster preparedness information and Hawaii disaster information. is a national public service campaign designed to educate and empower the American people to prepare for, respond to and mitigate emergencies, including natural and man-made disasters. This includes FEMA’s “Be a Hero Curriculum.” Embedded with real-world connections, these multidisciplinary lessons teach what to do before, during, and after an emergency while fostering critical 21st-century skills such as problem solving, teamwork, creativity, leadership, and communication.

Selection of clips from the BBC series: Earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanoes are just some of the deadly hazards we are exposed to on Earth. As well as being dangerous to humans, these events shape our planet and affect where and how we live.

Learn more about the 1946 Hilo Tsunami. Including an interactive map, survivor stories and original news article from the event.

Learn about how aviation is used in real world disaster relief.

Explore career pathways in aviation and disaster preparedness in your own community with USAID or FEMA or abroad with non-government such as Doctors without Borders and The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

For more information, please contact Field Trip Coordinator Jordyn Chuck at