Eau Claire (WQOW) – On Wednesday, 29 UW-Eau Claire students used NERF guns to reenact the Cuban Missile Crisis, also known as the October Crisis.
Students loaded up their NERF Guns and were assigned roles to play, including members of the public, government and other key players in the crisis. The students were divided up into teams to negotiate and some students were assigned to be assassins.
“My students have blown up the world seven times so it gives them an idea of really the scope of Kennedy’s achievement. The Cuban Missile Crisis is the closest the world has come to nuclear war and understand that rational actors can work together to create peace and what that looks like — I think that is incredibly important,” said UW-Eau Claire professor Dr. Selika Ducksworth-Lawton.
Ducksworth-Lawton said next year’s class would be simulating the Vietnam war with water guns.