2. Using Blocks to Model Ecosystems

Sugat Dabholkar, Connor Bain, Philip Woods, Kevin Hall
Biology, Self-directed
45 minutes
High School Advanced Biology (AP)


This unit introduces computational thinking practices which include data practices, modeling and simulation practices, computational problem solving practices, and systems thinking practices. These practices are introduced to students in the context of a biology unit about ecology. 

Underlying Pages


Next Generation Science Standards
  • Life Science
    • [HS-LS2] Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
    • [HS-LS4] Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
  • NGSS Crosscutting Concept
    • Patterns
    • Systems
    • Stability and Change
  • NGSS Practice
    • Analyzing Data
    • Using Models
    • Conducting Investigations
Computational Thinking in STEM
  • Data Practices
    • Analyzing Data
    • Manipulating Data
    • Visualizing Data
  • Modeling and Simulation Practices
    • Using Computational Models to Find and Test Solutions
    • Using Computational Models to Understand a Concept
  • Computational Problem Solving Practices
    • Troubleshooting and Debugging
  • Systems Thinking Practices
    • Investigating a Complex System as a Whole
    • Thinking in Levels
    • Understanding the Relationships within a System