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Examples of schools, universities and charities who have used Simulation Training Systems products in the past.

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There are countless ways organizations have used our products in business and educational settings. Here are a few links to relevant websites relating to using our simulations. We are just starting this resources so be sure to check back often. Please feel free to contact us if you’d like to have a link included.

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BaFa’ BaFa’ – Schools & Charities Version
BaFa’ BaFa’ used with Medical Educators
StarPower – Leadership – Use/Abuse of Power
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BaFa’ BaFa’ – Schools & Charities Version

  • The Civic Education Project (CEP), an international non-profit organization, has supported grassroots efforts to reform higher education (very good description of how it’s been used and some take aways). Teaching and Learning Resources: BaFa-BaFa Game.
  • Sonoma State University Debriefing from BaFa’  BaFa’ (excellent series of discussion questions pertaining to creating and communicating in a community setting).
  • Debwewin project website: anti-racism initiative for […]

A Taxonomy of Simulation Related Activities

By R. Garry Shirts

I developed the following schema to help me think more accurately about “gaming and simulation” activities. The basis of this classification system is three kinds of very different but related activities: simulations, games, contests.

If we combine these three activities into all possible combinations, we get the following categories:

  • Simulations
  • Games
  • Contests
  • Simulation Contests
  • Simulation Games
  • Game Contest
  • Simulation Games Contests

These seven categories can account for most of the activities that pass for “simulation” type activities. Let’s examine them one by one. […]

Pure Simulations (Non-contest, Non-game)

Much of the confusion around the word “simulation” occurs because we want to differentiate between the noun “simulation” and the infinitive “to simulate.” In the simulation gaming field, a simulation is something more than that which simulates; the term “simulation” has been reserved for the modeling or simulation of systems which can be represented in part by mathematical or quasi-mathematical formulas.

In the taxonomy proposed here, however, that distinction is not recognized. A simulation, rather, is anything that simulates or models reality. Listing representative examples of “simulations” from the very abstract to the concrete, we arrive at a surprisingly varied array of activities:

  • Mathematical formulas
  • Models of:
    • Physical systems
    • Military, industrial, and economic systems
    • Social systems
  • Role Playing
  • Film Making
  • Literature
  • Painting
  • Sculpture

The first four items unquestionably qualify as simulations in the traditional sense. Role-playing, however, is generally regarded as a lower class cousin, and film making, art, and sculpture as members of unrelated though honorable families. They are included here as “simulations” because:

  1. The Sculptor, artist, filmmaker, and writer, are, in fact, simulating reality much of the time.
  2. Recognition of the similarity of the artist-as-simulator and the engineer/social/scientist educator-as-simulator may serve as a means of bridging the communication gap between C.P. Snow’s two cultures: the technocrats and the artists.
  3. It is possible that we […]
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