Branching out: modeling topics in social science

Branching out: modeling topics in social science

DESCRIPTION

ITEST project GUTS y Girls, in partnership with Arizona State University professor Dan Hruschka, has developed a new curriculum to engage students in understanding how computing and complex adaptive systems play an essential role in the social sciences. Geared towards the high school level, the curriculum has students explore questions and test their own assumptions using methods and data from the social sciences and computer modeling in NetLogo, a text-based computer programming language. Student investigations center on the role of cooperation in human interactions and how cooperation plays a role in global issues such as resource management, health equity and climate change.