Elevator Challenge

‘Real World’ vs. Simulation

I challenged my boys to think about how a collection of disparate components come together to form a “complex system” which achieves a useful function. In order to simplify the discussion and to keep the focus on the central aspects, we used an ‘elevator’ metaphor as our example. Our first challenge was to use the Scratch programming language to create the elevator virtually, in an idealized simulated environment. Then I challenged them to do it again using real parts in the real world to see whether the experience would be the same or different…

I have more to write on this subject, but here is a teaser (our build log) from the project.