Part of this inquiry has involved us in creating our own country and parliament to run it. We started with a large blank sheet of calico and each student got to draw part of the coastline.
Of course we had to find a name for our country. Being a democracy, we implemented a complicated series of nominations and votes. The winner was "Fuzzington".
Once the outline was established, we added cities, towns and geographical features. A bit of mapping was required so we found out about "BOLTSSNA", an acronym close to the hearts of Year 7 geography teachers everywhere.
O = Orientation
L = Legend
S = Scale
Lots of opportunity here for maths learning and inquiry.
With our newly established country, we needed some infrastructure. So I gave each student $50 000 000 - I'm generous like that.
First item on the agenda was road building. At $1m per cm, it wasn't going to be cheap. Lots of measuring, calculating and negotiating ensured. But the benefit in building a road was that your electorate would get $5m next financial year for each town it was connected to. You've got to spend money to make money.
The game has evolved since we started. Each electorate now has a major industry. We held elections and now have a government, opposition and several independents. We spend time each day debating bills and making laws for Fuzzington. I try to run a new financial year each day so that the money keeps turning over and the country develops.
This morning we voted for a high speed rail connection to be built.
Now where will it go? What will it cost? Whose towns will get connected? What benefits will there be if you are connected by train?
So many questions.
So much maths...