Welcome to the MIT PDA Participatory Simulations Site
New (Summer 2005)
The Virus game is now available in Spanish
The initial release of our Nets Work
simulation is now available! You can download it
here in our package of simulations.
Curriculum available for Live Long and Prosper, Virus and Tit for Tat. You can download the
What are PDA Participatory Simulations?
PDA Participatory Simulations use Palm OS handheld
computers (for now only Palm OS is supported) to embed people
inside of simulations. Interactions between players in the
game are mediated by peer to peer beaming. Our games are
based on work that we have been doing at MIT for several
years using custom
wearable computers. See an article from the Boston
Globe describing one of the games. You can also see a
clip (requires Real Player) from CBS4 News in Boston
highlighting some of the Participatory Simulations
in use in area classrooms.
What Simulations are Offered?
Right now we have six simulations (Big Fish
- Little Fish, Live Long and Prosper, Tit for Tat, Virus, Discussion, and Sugar and Spice), and one "beta" simulation in testing (Nets Work). There are several additional simulations in development
additional topics in science, math and social science.
How do I use the Simulations?
These simulations have been used with students (from fourth
grade through graduate school), teachers (in science, math,
technology, and social sciences), and many other training
contexts. Some of the simulations will stand well on their
own embedded in a science, math, technology or social science
course. Others might be used in a more comprehensive study
of systems in conjunction with StarLogo.
Where Can I go for More Information?
You should browse this site where you can get descriptions
of the overall strategy, individual games, instructions on
how to play the games, and download copies of the games for
free. You should also check out the PDA
Participatory Simulations forum on our Bulletin Board.