Intro to learning with Computational Models   

Sugat Dabholkar
Environmental Science, Self-directed
40-50 min
Middle School / High School


This is an introductory lesson for using certain types of computational models designed using a software called NetLogo.

In this lesson, students will learn:

  • how to computationally study spread of wildfire

  • how to engage in the scientific inquiry practices of constructing knowledge in the context of an "emergent systems microworld" (ESM)

  • how to engage computational thinking practices in the context of an ESM. We will focus on four computational thinking practices, namely: data practices, modeling and simulation practices, computational problem solving practices, and systems thinking practices

Underlying Pages


Next Generation Science Standards
  •   NGSS Crosscutting Concept
    • Systems
  •   NGSS Practice
    • Analyzing Data
    • Constructing Explanations, Designing Solutions
    • Using Models
    • Arguing from Evidence
    • Conducting Investigations


Thanks to Kevin Hall and Connor Bain for their contributions to this Lesson.