Science of Friendship

Posted August 16, 2016 by turtle
Students and screenshots of model from Project GUTS webpage collage

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University of Arizona (Dan Hruschka); Guts y Girls

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Science of Friendship

This Project GUTS pilot unit was developed to engage students in understanding how computing and complex adaptive systems play an essential part in the social sciences by combining discussion, activities, data collection, and modeling with NetLogo to more deeply understand why human cooperate and make friends.  Student investigations center on the role of cooperation in human interactions—and how cooperation plays a role in global issues such as resource management, health equity and climate change.

The curriculum was broken into 6 sessions of 3.5 hours each, which often ran long. The sessions were generally 50/50 social science and NetLogo, with the last session including a presentation for family and friends.

Partners and Sponsors: Arizona State University, National Science Foundation, GUTS y Girls program.

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