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An off-line comment helped me realize that this post read as a critique of the simulation game. It wasn't meant to be and I've revised it so that my intent is more clear. As the questions that exploded from the Herons indicate, any simulation of any duration is a powerful tool that helps students engage in and care about their learning. The scope of this simulation was necessarily limited - I wanted to reflect upon the Heron's ability to work around and beyond limitations (even ones I was trying to set in place!)

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