25 October 2016

NOVA MS Model United Nations debate

On the 21st of October 2016 the NOVA MS had its first Model United Nations simulation. The event was a MS wide debate in the school auditorium for grades 6-8. Throughout the week of October 17th, scholars engaged and formed a position over a central question: Should the world run on 100% renewable energy by 2050? In the preparation process each class was divided in half to represent two different countries. Each country has a predisposed position on the central question. Scholars were given information in the form of case studies that they analyzed and synthesized. The case studies contained academic articles, statistics, graphs and relevant maps which the scholars evaluated through the use of content specific graphic organizers.The debate contained four rounds: the introduction, two rounds of rebuttals and closing remarks. In between each round the delegates in the audience shared poignant information that they thought would help benefit those who were debating. This allowed for optimal scholar engagement throughout the event. At the conclusion of the debate, delegates received the opportunity to discuss the information divulged and had the opportunity to decide how they would vote regarding the central question. Nine countries voted to run on 100% renewable energy versus seven countries voting against the resolution.

Check out the photo gallery from the event here.