We report on a playful introduction of optimization in a high school. Thefinalevent of this experience has been an orienteering competition, in which the decision-mak-ing component plays a central role. This type of event has been very involving, and itboosted the interest of the students toward operations research. After summarizing the ac-tivities in class that preceded the competition, we describe in detail the organization as-pects and the outcome. We also provide a simple AMPL code that compares the choicesmade by the participants with their optimal trajectory, that is, the one maximizing the scorewith the same traveled distance

Empowering optimization skills through an orienteering competition

Federico Malucelli;Tommaso Schettini
2021-01-01

Abstract

We report on a playful introduction of optimization in a high school. Thefinalevent of this experience has been an orienteering competition, in which the decision-mak-ing component plays a central role. This type of event has been very involving, and itboosted the interest of the students toward operations research. After summarizing the ac-tivities in class that preceded the competition, we describe in detail the organization as-pects and the outcome. We also provide a simple AMPL code that compares the choicesmade by the participants with their optimal trajectory, that is, the one maximizing the scorewith the same traveled distance
active learning
high school
playful approach
orienteering competition
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