Share Paper: Designing a Gerrymandering Simulation in a School Makerspace: A Multidisciplinary Approach

  1. Tina Heafner, University of North Carolina @ Charlotte, United States
  2. Glen Bull, University of Virginia, United States
  3. Joe Garofalo, University of Virginia, United States
  4. James Rutter, University of Virginia, United States
Thursday, March 29 12:10-12:30 PM Edison E

Abstract: This session will demonstrate ways in which makerspace tools such as laser cutters and digital die cutters can be used to create social studies simulations through fabrication of board-based games. Currently two cases involving Gerrymandering - the process of drawing a legislative district in a way that benefits one political party over another party - are scheduled for review by the U.S. Supreme Court. A Gerrymandering simulation that allows students to explore the implications will be described. Topics that will be addressed in this session include 1. Connections to “Making” and game-based learning 2. Constructive use of on-line primary source ...