Computer Modeling Can Do What? (Imagination Toolbox 2017 Summer PD)

This summer, the Museum Institute for Teaching Science (MITS) will offer a one-week Summer Professional Development Institute in partnership with MIT Scheller Teacher Education Program. The July 31 – August 4, 2017 institute will provide an opportunity for middle and high school educators to use StarLogo Nova’s block programming platform and Imagination Toolbox curriculum materials to create computational models or simulations. This year, the institute will be hosted in Taunton, MA at Coyle & Cassidy School.

As in past years, “Computer Modeling Can Do What? Meeting Your Curriculum Goals with Imagination Toolbox 2017” will highlight some of the classroom-applicable aspects of coding. Educators will learn to create models by connecting visual blocks, using a style of computer programming that does not require memorization of code or even prior coding experience.

How will your students use StarLogo Nova? They could model the effects of habitat change on populations or how combustion of carbon can affect global temperatures, program a dance, create computational art, illustrate the historical spread of ideas, or bring a scene from literature to life. Across the disciplines, coding can capture your students’ attention and engage their creativity and reasoning.

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