Computer Models for Simulating Phenomena

Project GUTS:  Using, modifying, and creating computer models for simulating phenomena

appeared in the October, 2018 edition of Science Scope. (Project GUTS Computer Models Article)

Author: Raja Ridgway


One specific way to integrate CS thinking and skills into the science classroom is through modeling with computers. Computer simulations allow teachers and students to model phenomena that are beyond the reach of typical school labs or budgets. This article describes Project GUTS (Growing Up Thinking Scientifically), a curriculum for middle school science teachers looking to infuse computer science into their daily lessons. The program focuses on the sequence of use-modify-create to support students in meeting the vision of the NGSS. Examples and strategies are included to help teachers get started with the curriculum.