Life At 35,000 Feet 1.0
(MPR Associates, Inc. (202) 478-1027)
As educators, we are intrigued by technology products that provide students with a unique educational experience, one which a brick and mortar classroom cannot be reasonably expected to provide. Life At 35,000 Feet, from MPR Associates' Work Wise: Bringing Industry to the Classroom series, is just such a product.
The premise is that the student has just been hired by an airline to find the cause of passengers' illness aboard a flight. The object is to research each case, interview experts, and write plausible hypotheses, a multimedia report, and a magazine article. This assignment brings together bioscience, technology and language arts, engaging students in scientific inquiry, problem solving, reasoning, and communication. The simulation is open-ended, with no particular 'correct' answer to the problem, and students may work at their own pace and level. The program is technically superior, and very user-friendly. For every teacher who has ever heard, "But why do we have to study this? I'll never use it for anything," here is one answer.
Life At 35,000 Feet is MPR's second EDDIE (the first was Global Trade), and we hope to see many more from the Work Wise series.