Seven teams of high school students will get an opportunity to see whether they would be good stewards of the Chesapeake Bay watershed.The computer system is a model, of course, and let's remember the rules of models
The teams will compete in the UVA Bay Game on Feb. 9 at the University of Virginia.
The computer simulation uses demographic, economic and scientific data. Students will play as farmers, land developers, watermen or policymakers.
All models are wrong; the only question is in which way and by how much;
Some models are useful;
You can predicts the direction the model errors by understanding the motivation of its author.
My guess is that the 'The Bay Game' is 95% propaganda, backed with a small amount of science, and the simulations will lead the students to reach the conclusion desired by the organization that funds the program:
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