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Simulations in the Classroom: Creating an Engaging Pedagogy. Scott A. Sinex Department of Physical Sciences and Engineering Prince George’s Community College. Presented at the Computation and Science for Teachers Workshop held at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, Pittsburgh, PA

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### Simulations in the Classroom:Creating an Engaging Pedagogy

Scott A. Sinex

Department of Physical Sciences and Engineering

Prince George’s Community College

Presented at the Computation and Science for Teachers Workshop held at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, Pittsburgh, PA

on 23-27 June 2008

• Deal with data and graphs from

• experimental results

• prepared data sets from Internet

• Look for trends

• Introduce mathematical modeling

• Regression

• Goodness of Fit

• To examine microscopic interactions

• NetLogo

• Agent Sheets

• Many Java applets on the Internet

• To explode mathematics of macroscopic interactions

• Excelets

• Vensim or Stella

• Select a single basic modeling tool – Excel

• Learn some principles of mathematical modeling

• Develop computationally-based simulations

Single variable experiment

Multivariable simulation

Develop an ideal mathematical model

science process oriented

• Written guided-inquiry or discovery based instructions (think like your students when you pose questions!)

• Predict-test-analyze

• Try it and then revise/rewrite it!!!!!

• Integrated mathematics and science

• A very science process oriented approach

• Your students could be developing models on their own

Computational science can study…

• Weather and climate

• Engineering design

See the PSC Scientific Visualization Gallery

http://www.psc.edu/research/graphics/gallery

but first some coffee

• Exercises developed by previous CAST participants

http://www.psc.edu/eot/k12/cast.php (see previous years)

• Computational Resources by MVHS

http://mvhs.shodor.org/CAST2008

• Developer’s Guide to Excelets

• Introduction to Computational ScienceAngela B. Shiflet and George W. Shiflet

http://wofford-ecs.org/IntroComputationalScience

• Graphing with Excel – LabWrite

• Using Excel for Handling, Graphing, and Analyzing Scientific Data:  A Resource for Science and Mathematics Students