I have played NSDM at Origins now a number of times. From playing I have learned more about history, politics, and human nature than I would have ever predicted. I tried out NSDM because in middle school I had an opportunity to do other simulations. I participated in a weeklong murder investigation, a mock jury, a culture shock simulation, and a moon base "luna base" sim game. I love all of them.
I find that simulations have real educational power. I am working on my middle grades science and language arts teaching certification. I am wondering if anyone knows some great resources for science sims that are appropriate for middle grades. I would love to be able to share my experiences with my students. The problem is that most of the above are more related to social studies than science.
Thanks for the tips. It looks like the Columbus Area Boardgaming Society has a number of the listed games. The one that isn't published yet really does intrigue me. I will be checking stuff out from CABS to see how they play and if I find myself learning things.
So many games are fun and sort of educational or are strictly educational and not fun. I want to find stuff that is both. NSDM is mostly LARP but meets both those qualifications. I really want some science games.