Simulation and analysis are a major part of how scientists and engineers think about, talk about, and test their ideas. How can future scientists and engineers learn this important piece of scientific practice?
SiMSAM: Bridging Student, Scientific, and Mathematical Models with Expressive Technologies – is a project exploring how middle school students reason about physical phenomena using modeling and simulation technologies. SiMSAM stands for Simulation, Measurement, and Stop Action Moviemaking. We are studying what happens when “technoscientific” representational tools like these are placed in students’ hands: by providing them with a platform that lets them easily move back and forth between formats to explore their own and one anothers’ ideas about science.
Find out more at the project page.