Chicken Dixon Scenario

The scenarios described in these pages are designed for approximately 100 students but are flexible enough to accommodate as few as 15. From beginning to end the exercise takes 2 hours. In that time, students learn about a current environmental health issue, and how to make informed decisions requiring a combination of critical thinking, analytic skills and problem solving skills.

We use the example of our most popular scenario (dioxin-contaminated chicken) to show users of this site how the scenario works. In this case we ask: Is is safe to eat Pucker Up Poultry? Should the poultry on the shelves in stores in stores across Massachusetts stay there, or should it be re-called and taken away? However, we have also done scenarios on the use of pesticides to control the spread of West Nile Virus (Should we spray?), and childhoood obesity (Should vending machines be allowed in public schools?). All scenarios teach students to identify sources of risk for each environmental hazard (i.e., food, water, air,).

The scenario event is inexpensive and based almost entirely on in-kind contributions of time and space. With resources on this site, any organization can replicate our efforts. We think it will be useful for both adults and children, for graduate and undergraduate students, youth organizations, schools, and other venues where young people are the focus.



Boston University Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Environmental Exposures and Health