Unit 4. Data AcquisitionRevision Date: Jan 19, 2017 (Version 2.1)
Students will define and identify models and simulations. They will work in groups to propose a simulation that could be used to investigate a hypothesis.
Some of the ideas in this lesson were adapted from the CS10K community site, https://sites.google.com/site/mobilecsp/lesson-plans/realworldmodels
Student computer usage for this lesson is: optional
These videos supplement the material covered in this lesson:
Choose one of the simulations at Phet simulations and answer the following.
View these two videos
Bill Nye and a scaled model of the solar system (4:17)
Computer Generated Model of a Solar System (2:41)
Students create a journal entry responding to these two questions:
What was a main idea presented by each video?
What aspect(s) of the models helped make that point?
Students discuss each of the following with elbow partners then groups.
How do the models in these videos depend on computing?
Consider the strengths and weaknesses of each model. What understanding can be better drawn from the first model and what understanding can better be drawn from the second?
What questions could be answered using these two models?
From each group students share at least one response to each prompt.
Examples of models (do not need to show the entire videos for student understanding):
Examples of Simulations:
Have students find and share simulations in each of the following: