The Shodor Computational Science Institute (SCSI) serves as the organizing
element for Shodor's curriculum development and faculty enhancement projects.
Our goal is the development, collection, and maintenance of learning resources
in computational science education and interdisciplinary studies. A modular
design of workshops, seminars, and support activities
introduce and enable the authentic use of modeling across
the undergraduate mathematics, science, and computer science curriculum.
A special focus of the SCSI Project is the formation and support
of teams of faculty at small-to-medium sized
schools to work together to enhance their professional standing through
the use of technology and the wider use of mathematical modeling and
the tools of computational science in their classrooms. This focus on
modeling will enable faculty to learn how to do computational science
and how to teach computational science in engaging and enriching
interactive environments incorporating the same tools, techniques
and technologies that characterize the modern practice of science and
engineering. Continuous support and follow-up, materials development,
access to high performance computing
and visualization resources, and evaluation will be
coordinated and enabled by using collaborative tools and electronic
We have had significant success in reaching many faculty and institutions, primarily in the southeast, but with additional schools across the country. You can view a map of our participating institutions from the first three years of SCSI.
Please see the Summer
2001 Workshop overview for a glimpse of the SCSI Advanced Workshop.
While the current grant has expired, we have submitted a new, national
dissemination grant in an effort to expand SCSI into NCSI, the National
Computational Science Institute. NCSI will involve three components:
Pull: We will pull math and science faculty together to
workshops on modeling and computation as a way to do science and hence
Push: We will push computational science on the agendas
of regional and national meetings of scientists and mathematicians.
Permeate: We will permeate the internet with high quality
materials on computational science, mathematics and numerical modeling.