Simulations and Models for Teaching Earth System Science

Dr. Randy Russell, an education instructional designer at the University Center for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), discusses simulations, models, and games suitable for young learners. Although the models used by scientists and engineers are often complex programs consisting of millions of lines of code running on supercomputers, the basic concepts of scientific modeling are well within the reach of elementary school-aged students. Young children are able to understand the behaviors of surprisingly complex systems when they have an opportunity to play around with those systems. This presentation demonstrates simple simulations, models, and games from a range of Earth science topics, including tree rings for decoding past climate, growing and shrinking a glacier, food chain checkers, a very simple climate model, the greenhouse effect, a kinesthetic nitrogen cycle game, and more.

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13583 1537905673 How are you using models & simulations in your classroom?
Aida Awad Sep, 2018
7 1538065906 [quote=Christina Agurcia] I really enjoy using ...
Aida Awad Sep, 2018
13589 1537911795 Links from Randy's presentation
Carla McAuliffe Sep, 2018
1 1537911901 Hi Everyone, Here is a Word doc with the links ...
Carla McAuliffe Sep, 2018