CivicsLab

Just some thoughts. | February 19, 2010

1. Shortly after I wrote my post about redefining failure, I saw the opinion piece, “Why You Need to Fail”, in the Harvard Business Review. Here.

2. I’ve been enjoying watching the Olympic Games, specifically the snowboarding. It’s cool to see people my age doing crazy things. I find it funny to hear the sportscasters keep saying, “They’re not normal. These people are not like you and I.” I really have to wonder who, “you and I”, are exactly.

I’ll have more later, I just wanted to share those two things.

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Focusing on the Southwestern Pennsylvania region, CivicsLab puts elementary and middle school students in virtual control of decision-making in their communities to encourage civic participation, critical thinking, and sense of place. In CivicsLab, players will assume positions of power in the community from an urban, suburban or rural perspective and explore how decisions-based on social need and demand, proper planning (as defined by our civic experts), political pressure, and most importantly, their imaginations-might impact the community. Through manipulation of real mapping information and current data sets, students navigate social and political pressures to explore the cause and effect of civic investment and public policy as they attempt to create a sustainable future for their region.

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