Find Resources

Module 2 Lesson 5 - Experiment with Your New Water Pumping Model

Posted January 17, 2020 by wellina

In this lesson, students will finish including their chosen modifications and debugging their Water Pump Model. In the second activity, students will use their new model as an experimental test bed. They will modify the question they came up with in Lesson 4 and run experiments to address this question, using repeated trials at each variable setting. Students will critically analyze their results, as well as their model, and relate it back to the bigger picture – Water as a Shared Resource.

Module 2 Lesson 2 - Math Basics for Modeling and the Water Pumping Base Model

Posted January 2, 2020 by wellina

In this lesson, students will become familiar with the Water Pumping base model. Students will (1) review math basics necessary for understanding the model, (2) decode the base model, run simple experiments, make observations, and identify complex systems characteristic of the model (3) add an evaporation slider and run an experiment, using the slider, and (4) finally, be asked to think of ways to improve the model, based on what they know about the hydrologic cycle and water as a resource.

Module 2 Lesson 3 - Adding More Water Pumps and Running Experiments

Posted January 3, 2020 by wellina

In this lesson, students will modify the Water Pumping model. First, students will add a 2nd water pump that pulls water from the aquifer. Next, students will add monitors and a line graph that collects and displays the cumulative amount of water pumped by each pump. In the second activity, the new model can then be used as an experimental test bed. Students develop a hypothesis, run an experiment, and analyze the results to see what effect the modification had on the system.

Module 2 Lesson 4 - Customize Your Water Pumping Model

Posted January 17, 2020 by wellina

In this lesson, students design their own Water Pumping projects consisting of a question, experimental design and model. In the first activity, students will learn about computational science and how to design a model, and will use this knowledge to scope their project. This leads to a second activity, in which they start designing and implementing their model, using the Water Pumping base model as a starting place.

Neural Network Game

Posted December 10, 2019 by ilee

This is a presentation / activity presented at AAAI/AI4k12 2019 on teaching about neural networks through a participatory simulation.

Module 1 Lesson 3 - Conditionals with Trailblazer and Bumper Turtles

Posted November 17, 2019 by wellina

In this lesson students will participate in two activities. In the first they will
learn about conditionals, logic, and Boolean expressions as they guide an
agent through a puzzle. They also consider the best path / solution and the degree of universality of their solution. In the second activity, students will learn a few simple commands and then starting with a basic project, implement a Bumper Turtles program in which agents respond to their environment.

Module 1 Lesson 2 - Introduction to StarLogo Nova and Building Flower Turtles

Posted November 3, 2019 by wellina

In this lesson students will participate in two activities. The first activity is a guided introduction to the StarLogo Nova simulation environment. In the second activity, students will learn a few simple commands and then create their first computer program. Students will progress from single turtle explorations to instructing many turtles to follow their commands in parallel.

Module 1 Lesson 4 - Probability with Dice and Data and Colliding Turtles

Posted November 17, 2019 by wellina

In this lesson students will participate in two activities. In the first activity, students will learn about probability, how it is implemented in StarLogo Nova, and use probability to implement chance behavior in agent movement. In the second activity, students will create a Colliding Turtles project in which turtles react to other turtles upon collision. The wrap-up discussion covers what probability is used for in computer modeling and simulation.

Module 1 Lesson 5 - Modeling the Spread of Disease

Posted November 17, 2019 by wellina

In this lesson students will convert their Colliding Turtles model into a simple Epidemic model by adding slider widgets for transmission rate and recovery rate. The Contagion model represents a very simplified version of an epidemic or spread of a disease. Two variables will be created: transmission rate and recovery rate. Students will later use this model to run experiments to determine if disease will spread throughout a virtual population in different scenarios.

Module 2 Lesson 1 - Introduction to Water as a Shared Resource

Posted November 21, 2019 by wellina

In this lesson students will engage in discussion about water resources and group decision making, stimulated by a video and a participatory simulation that serve to highlight group decision-making dynamics. The video will serve to get students thinking about water resources and the difficulties some people their age face in obtaining safe drinking water. The two activities will provide background on how communities make decisions, especially when dealing with a shared resource like water.

Module 1 Lesson 6 - Adding Instrumentation to your Model and Running Experiments

Posted November 21, 2019 by wellina

In this lesson students will add instrumentation to their model so they can collect quantitative data on the spread of disease. Students will use this model to run experiments to determine if disease will spread throughout a
virtual population under different initial conditions and different scenarios.

NGSS Standards

Posted October 14, 2019 by ilee

Document highlighting the conceptual shifts in the Next Generation Science Standards

If you can't find what you're looking for, send us a comment about what you were expecting to find.