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The Stupendous Seismogram Study, Laura Arnold, Amanda Napieralski Jul 2012

The Stupendous Seismogram Study, Laura Arnold, Amanda Napieralski

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This project addresses the following NYS Standards:

  1. STANDARD 1—Analysis, Inquiry, and Design: Students will use mathematical analysis, scientific inquiry, and engineering design, as appropriate, to pose questions, seek answers, and develop solutions.
  2. STANDARD 2 : Students will access, generate, process, and transfer information, using appropriate technologies.
  3. STANDARD 6—Interconnectedness: Common Themes : Students will understand the relationships and common themes that connect mathematics, science, and technology and apply the themes to these and other areas of learning.
  4. STANDARD 7—Interdisciplinary Problem Solving : Students will apply the knowledge and thinking skills of mathematics, science, and technology to address real-life problems and make ...


Blood Alcohol Content, Sarah Grossman, Nicson Martinez Jul 2012

Blood Alcohol Content, Sarah Grossman, Nicson Martinez

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The way we can make use of this model in a classroom setting is by using it to explain to the students what Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) means, and how it affects the human body. The way this model works is the student will select a user to begin the simulation. Once they do that, the user character will appear in a party with a variety of drinks, both alcoholic and nonalcoholic. In this simulation the BAC of the user will increase by .05 (male) and .07 (female). If the BAC rate gets to .30 or higher, the user will ...


Nitrogen Cycle & Photosynthesis, Laura Spaman, Paige Whitney Jul 2012

Nitrogen Cycle & Photosynthesis, Laura Spaman, Paige Whitney

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The Chemistry Lesson involves teaching how chemical reactions occur in nature, conservation of mass/matter, examples would include the nitrogen cycle, carbon cycle, water cycle, etc. Model exemplifies a simple version of the nitrogen cycle. The Living Environment lesson would involve simple diffusion explanations, cellular processes, photosynthesis and cellular respiration. Model exemplifies diffusion of gases involved in photosynthesis and the photosynthetic process as a whole in a simplified sense. The goal of the Earth Science lesson is to illustrate the molecular interactions in the nitrogen cycle and photosynthesis, and help students understand the molecular interactions of processes that are understood ...


Ideal Gas Law, Daniel Burdette, Todd R. Thompson Jul 2012

Ideal Gas Law, Daniel Burdette, Todd R. Thompson

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We created models with interactive physics, agent sheets, and excel and also found a web based application which could be used cohesively in a classroom to help students visualize the principles of the ideal gas law. The interactive physics and agent sheets models that we created represent what happens to a gas when it is compressed. The excel workbook helps the student understand the math behind the ideal gas law, and helps the student understand relationships of variables in an equation. The web based application mimics a physical experiment which displays the basic concepts of the ideal gas law.

This ...


Be The Solution To Water Pollution, Alexa Cavalli, Jeremiah Johnson Jul 2012

Be The Solution To Water Pollution, Alexa Cavalli, Jeremiah Johnson

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For our Noyce Scholarship Project we have chosen to apply our newly acquired modeling techniques to create a several day long exploration-based lesson on water pollution. We choose this topic because the study of pollution is relevant both to the Living Environment and Earth Science curriculum as dictated by the New York State Standards. We have integrated many activities in order to create a lesson that will effectively educate all students on the subject of water pollution, regardless of their background knowledge or learning style. We first created a basic model for water pollution using Agents Sheets™; this model simulates ...


I Prefer To Be On Empty, Timothy Chichester, Patrick Cost Jul 2012

I Prefer To Be On Empty, Timothy Chichester, Patrick Cost

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Since the Industrial Revolution, the world has become increasingly dependent on the use of fossil fuel as a source of energy. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) the United States consumed seven billion barrels of petroleum in the year 2011 (EIA, 2011). This accounts for 22 percent of the total world’s consumption of petroleum per year. However, the United States only makes up five percent of the world’s population. With such high demands for oil, the United States imports almost half of its oil from other countries around the world. With the transportation of large ...


Don't Break The Chain, Bridget Cooney, Nicole Sciandra Jul 2012

Don't Break The Chain, Bridget Cooney, Nicole Sciandra

Lesson Plans

The simulation that we created in Agent Sheets entitled Don’t Break the Chain is a multi-faceted tool for any classroom. It covers a variety of topics in Biology including ecosystems, food chains, invasive species, habitat destruction, and population growth. Students can better understand how living things in nature are connected and how human’s actions can affect the environment.

One of our goals was to provide students something to look at that enabled them to see how different species rely on each other for survival. We also wanted students to be able to manipulate different factors that could change ...


Reproductive System, Jourdan Giambona, Amanda Williams Jul 2012

Reproductive System, Jourdan Giambona, Amanda Williams

Lesson Plans

Our model would be utilized as a virtual lab in a sixth grade classroom. The agent sheets simulation would be set up previously so the kids can just play, observe, and interpret the model. In addition to following the simulation, the kids will also be given an excel worksheet. The worksheet includes tables to record data and questions about the experiment. In addition to learning about the biological component of sexual reproduction, there are many mathematics/statistics components of the lab. For example, the students will calculate the average number of boy versus girl babies based on their own experimental ...