Computing MATTERS: Computer Modeling and Simulations
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Workshop Schedule:

This workshop will meet online for five consecutive Saturdays, 9:00am – 12:30pm EST, from January 16 – February 13, 2021.

Workshop 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 will first learn how to think computationally and then learn to build working models. The program will conclude with the students studying a topic more in depth of their own choosing and presenting their project to the group.

Structure of Activities:

Participants work both in teams and individually in an online learning environment. Each day they learn about new scientific approaches and tools and then have the opportunity to try them out for themselves. Students will attend Zoom meetings and use the relevant agent- and system-based modeling programs.

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 curriculum 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 will take place online. Participants will need access to a computer with a working Internet connection and a web browser. Also, participants will need to download the following free programs and make sure they can run on their computer prior to the start of the workshop:


Participants should be rising 9th–12th graders interested in science, technology, engineering, and/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.