McMurry Model UN to Present “Disarmament at the Zoo” for McMurry Magnet Class

  Gary Ellison
  Wednesday, April 12, 2017 2:13 PM
  Archives 2014 - 2015

Abilene, TX

The McMurry Model UN class will be holding an in-class simulation of the United Nations for the Fifth Grade Math-Science Magnet Class at 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 18, in Old Main Building. The simulation is comparable to what the Model UN delegates experienced recently during their trip to New York for the International Model UN Conference.

Titled “Disarmament at the Zoo,” the simulation will allow fifth grade students to represent animals (country delegations) concerned with the increasing danger each of them may pose to others.

In an historic meeting, all of the animals in the zoo have decided to hold a meeting in the large conference facility at the zoo in order to reach an agreement that will ensure peaceful relations among all animals.

The goal at this meeting is to write a resolution in which the animals agree to disarm. In doing so, the students must remember that their interests are important. However, it is equally important that they be willing to consider the needs and interests of the other animals.

Once they have been assigned the role of an animal, the students will use the following questions prior to the exercise to help them prepare for negotiations:

1. What physical tools of influence does your animal possess (e.g., strength, ability to punish)?

2. What can you gain by joining with other animals? Which ones?

3. What are you willing to give up in order to join an alliance?

As they negotiate, the students will need to be sensitive to how they may pose a threat to others (e.g., the porcupine’s quills), but at the same time, remember that they must be able to defend themselves against others (e.g., the rhino’s horn). They will try to reach an agreement that will take into consideration the security needs of all, but also will ensure a peaceful, orderly world for future animals and their offspring.

(This semester, McMurry non-traditional student Quintin Gorman, a U.S. Air Force veteran, has a daughter in the Math and Science Magnet Class who also will be participating. Quintin traveled to Japan and New York with McMurry Model UN and will be accompanying the group to the next international trip in the Galapagos Islands.)

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