This Education Week blog article describes a dearth of curricula that are aligned to the NGSS standards. Notably, it points out the need for PD side by side with new curricula, "Previous efforts to produce science materials for teachers often yielded great results— but neglected professional development. The developers of new curricula need to see these as intertwined, rather than separate, Short said, with supports built in so teachers feel safe trying out new things."
This article shows visualizations of where plastics dropped in oceans ends up. It is not clear what kind of modeling was used but it is a compelling use of modeling and simulation. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jun/29/if-you-drop-plastic-in-the-ocean-where-does-it-end-up?CMP=share_btn_fb
If you haven't heard of this online journal before, I urge you to take a look at http://jasss.soc.surrey.ac.uk/JASSS.html. The journal is filled with examples of how agent-based modeling is used by professionals and students to understand complex adaptive systems. Some examples of complex adaptive systems written about in this issue are:
Peter Denning weighs in on the current state of Computational Thinking. He attempts to answer three questions: What is Computational Thinking? How do we measure students' computational abilities? and Is computational thinking good for everyone? This is a good read and thoughtful presentation of the topic.
Photo (from left): Kathy Keith, director of Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Community Partnerships Office and Supercomputing Challenge winners Theo Goujon, Lisel Faust, Ramona Park, Rowan Cahill (GUTS alumni), and their teachers Hope Cahill (former GUTS club leader) and Brian Smith, and Shaun Cooper, the awards ceremony MC.
Project GUTS was highlighted in a new article on Computational Thinking in Teacher Education. The authors, Aman Yadav, Chris Stephenson, and Hai Hong, state "One example of embedding computational thinking in science classrooms is Project GUTS (Growing Up Thinking Scientifically), which highlights what computational thinking looks like for students using three domains: modeling and simulation, robotics, and game design.
We have opened a new Marketplace where teachers, school districts, and other Project GUTS PD providers can purchase our printed CS in Science curriculum binders and StarLogo Nova block cards on demand. We are using Mimeo as the provider as we have found their print on demand service to be exemplary. Mimeo can work with districts and schools to set up invoicing via PO or can accept payment directly using a credit card.
The New Mexico chapter of the Computer Science Teachers Association has been hard at work proposing legislation that would make CS count towards high school graduation as a math or science credit. Spearheaded by CSTA-NM President Paige Prescott, the bill was two years in the making and had the support of industry, universities and the Public Education Department. Sponsored by Representative
Two graduate students developed a computer model of how fairy circles form. In their model, the interaction of termites and vegetation caused the development of fairy circles and another smaller scale pattern between fairy circles that no one before had see. The two students went to the desert of Namibia to look for this secondary pattern and found it. While not "proof" of how the Namibian fairy circles were formed, the finding furthers our understanding of pattern development in nature in
NSTA Executive Director, David Evans, while an advocate for CS education does not believe computer science should be able to count as a science graduation credit. In the NSTA community blog (http://nstacommunities.org/blog/2016/10/17/computer-science-should-supplement-not-supplant-science-education/) of October 17th he stated his view that "Computer Science Should Supplement, not Supplant Science Education."