Students in eighth grade history engaged in a simulation of the Triangle Trade Route during Ms. Coppola-Klein’s class this week. Various student tables represented different geographical regions including Europe, South America, North America, and Africa. As students traded various goods including slaves, molasses, and rice through their captains, they faced real life challenges like shipwrecks and capture by pirates. The simulation allowed students to reflect on how the historical trade route disadvantaged various regions based on geography and resources. These kinds of simulations allow students to take an active role in their education and evaluate and solve real life problems, rather than simply reading about and memorizing historical lessons.