NetLogo 15 Model Sequence

Use, Modify, and Create are the three tiers of increasing demand through which students can experience NetLogo and the modeling process. Please consider working through the 15 Model Sequence below and find a time during your school year to introduce your students to NetLogo and Computational Modeling.

Directions:

Work through the 15 models below by downloading the model, reading the Info tab, and completing the tasks located there. As you work through the programs, use this cheatsheet and check off each keyword you encounter. Try to use that keyword a few times to get a hang of how it works. Feel free to use the NetLogo User Dictionary for help with keywords or the STEMccm Dictionary.

I. Using Models

Using a model to solve problems or to convey information is a skill as well as a pedagogical tool while teaching. The first five models expect the user to use an existing model to accomplish a task, answer questions, or produce data.

Use 1: Mazes – Download or Run Online

mazes

Use 2: Rectangle Area – Download or Run Online

rectangles

Use 3: Vector Movement – Download or Run Online

vectors

Use 4: Farmer Optimization – Download or Run Online

farmers

Use 5: Shepherd – Download or Run Online

shepherd

II. Modifying Models

Modifying a model can allow one to become more knowledgeable about the scientific or mathematical content as a high level of content knowledge is required to accurately model the phenomena. Modifying a model is also an important first step into coding and is often an effective scaffolding step in teaching coding skills.

Modify 1: Screen Saver – Download or Run Online

screensaver

Modify 2: Trigonometry – Download or Run Online
Note: To complete the Modify Tasks on NetLogo Web you’ll want to Run Version 2 when you get to them.

trig

Modify 3: Functions – Download or Run Online
Note: To complete Tasks 3 and 4 using NetLogo Web, use Version 2 until NetLogo Web is upgraded to allow the interface to be changed.

functions

Modify 4: Food – Download or Run Online

Modify 4 - Food

Modify 5: Genetics – Download or Run Online
Note: to complete Task 1 using NetLogo Web, use Version 2 which includes a slider with the variable name initial-turtles until NetLogo Web is upgraded to allow the interface to be changed.

modify genetics

III. Creating Models

Creating models is the goal of the modeling process as the creation process requires expert level content knowledge coupled with high level coding skills.

Create 1: Fish Tank Build This
First, watch the video and attempt to build the model.
Then, download the model (or Run Online) and read the info tab.

Create 1 - Fishes Image

Create 2: Rocket Orbit Build This
First, watch the video and attempt to build the model.
Then, download the model (or Run Online) and read the info tab.

Create 2 - Rocket Orbit Image

Create 3: Turtle Transformation
First, watch the video and attempt to build the model.
Then, download the model (or Run Online) and read the info tab.

Create 3 - Turtle Transformation

Create 4: Trucks and Cars
First, watch the video and attempt to build the model.
Then, download the model (or Run Online) and read the info tab.
Create 5:

 

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