The Orange Game–Routing and Deadlock in Networks

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How is data able to move in a congested network? Groups simulate moving data around a congested network by passing fruit around a circle, following specific rules, until everyone ends up with their own fruit. Extension activities include changing up the size and orientation of the network.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Use different color balls to make it easier to see where each ball must go
  • Have the groups pass the fruit with two or three empty hands
Classroom Considerations

  • Needs several balls or pieces of fruit
Pros

  • Pictures on the website provide ideas for alternative ways to do the activity
  • The video provides a visual explanation of how to perform the activity
Cons

  • None