Rocket is an interactive simulation that helps participants develop and hone important intercultural skills. The simulation mimics the real-life interactions and politics of the Space Station Program and requires participants to work together to assemble a model rocket. The simulation can be used with groups from 4 to 24 people. Participants are divided into 4 groups (Americans, Russians, Japanese, and Europeans) and each given a set of rules that they must follow when interacting with each other. The rules include culture-specific information such as language use, trust, relationship-building, communication style, work ethic, politics, economics, ideology and goals. Each group or space agency is given a specific rocket part to build and asked to work with the other agencies in assembling the rocket. After building the rocket a debrief session occurs where participates are able to process their learning.
Dr. Jessica Hirshorn currently teaches Interdisciplinary Studies at Arizona State University. Jessica's doctorate is in Educational Foundations with an emphasis in Multicultural Education and Sociology of Education. She also holds a Master's degree in International and Intercultural Management from the School for International Training.