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An interactive exercise that engages young people in the dynamics and complexities of world trade.


This is an active 'hands-on' learning exercise that addresses a number of cross-curricula themes and aspects of the Design and Technology curriculum.


Global Technology is an active, participating exercise that can be used by groups from 20 – 180 with young people aged 10 years upwards.  Participants are assigned to ‘countries’ where artefacts are designed and constructed from ‘Meccano’ like kits.  Countries are based on the G8 nations (Advanced), Developing nations and Third World under-developed nations (African).


Products are designed to reflect the principal manufacturing industries of the three types of countries.


  • G8 nations - aircraft and helicopter, transport
  • Developing nations - transport and agricultural machinery
  • Third World nations - furniture


The activity can be tailored to the needs of the school whether there are aspects of:

  • Citizenship
  • Group dynamics
  • Mathematical - financial
  • Design and technology


The activity has been successfully run during a double period but to develop strands of the simulation then a half day or a full day is preferred.  This enables the ‘Game Controller’ to develop ‘fresh situations’ to encourage participants to experience developing trends.



  Developing Nations  African Nations

Alphaland       China                      Sudan,Congo

Betaland         India                      Somalia,Benin

Deltaland        Brazil                      Burkina Faso

Gammaland      Poland                   Zimbabwe


 G8 Nations 
Developing Nations
African Nations
Betaland India Somalia
Deltaland Brazil Burkina Faso
Gammaland PolandZimbabwe

Further African nations may be added in sessions run with larger groups of students.



Participants are assigned to groups who form 'countries'.

In the early stages 'countries' do not yet have a name. The countries are asked to nominate a 'Prime Minister'. The Prime Minister is then assigned a country and his Cabinet is chosen.


Dependent on the availability of 'adults other than teachers' it is possible to build in support to the 'countries' to enable them to trade and react with other countries. 

This help can be through countries or through the members of the Cabinet.


For more information or details on the order of the day please contact David Ward