Shodor > SUCCEED > Curriculum > Workshops > Modeling

Course Description:

Students will be introduced to the world of computer modeling and simulation as they explore scientific problems. Computational tools can model real-world phenomena and help you better understand what it means to "model your world" from atoms all the way to galaxies and everything in between! Explore science, technology, engineering and mathematics in a way that is not only "hands on", but also "minds on". Create computer models that explain population dynamics, predator-prey relationships, and the spread of diseases. Participants also work alongside Shodor Scientists and interns to apply these skills in creating computational solutions to group-selected problems.

Structure of activities:

Participants work both in teams and individually in a supervised, hands-on learning environment. Each day they learn about new scientific approaches and tools and then have the opportunity to try them out for themselves.

Educational Objectives:

Students often do not have the opportunity to experience the tools and techniques that drive cutting-edge scientific research. In fact, most school science curriculums hardly mention the revolutionary new approaches modern science uses daily to research such areas as galaxy formation, volcanic eruptions, cardiovascular activity, the spread of disease, and a host of other interests. This workshop is designed to expose the participants to the high technology environment in which most scientists now work and the specialized critical thinking and communication skills they must have to be successful in the 21st Century Workforce.

Facilities and equipment:

All activities take place at the Shodor offices on 701 William Vickers Ave., in Durham, North Carolina. Participants have access to laptop computers with internet access.


Participants should be interested in science, technology, engineering or mathematics. While some experience with computers is helpful, it is not required. It should be noted that the emphasis of this program is science, with computers being used as a tool to help with the investigation of interesting scientific events.