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Steerable Environmental Simulations for Exploratory Learning
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, , , , , , Montclair State University, United States ; , Kearny School, United States ; , , , , Montclair State University, United States

E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, in Las Vegas, NV, United States ISBN 978-1-939797-35-3 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), San Diego, CA

Abstract

This paper presents the software design for some interactive simulations on the subject of Earth and Environmental science in grades 5, 6 and 7. These simulations together with some programming exercises have been successfully integrated into a series of instructional modules for local New Jersey elementary and middle schools. The goal of these modules was for the students to explore the steerable parameters of the simulations and develop their computational and mathematical thinking skills. In this paper, we present some simulations we developed, discuss their design and examine student assessment results that were collected and analyzed using statistical inferences. Our findings illustrate the effectiveness of such enticing exploratory learning processes for developing students’ reasoning of Earth and Environmental science, computational thinking and mathematics.

Citation

Zhu, M., Panorkou, N., Etikyala, S., Basu, D., Street-Conaway, T., Iranah, P., Mazol, D., Hannum, C., Marshall, R., Lal, P. & Samanthula, B. (2018). Steerable Environmental Simulations for Exploratory Learning. In Proceedings of E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education (pp. 83-92). Las Vegas, NV, United States: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved December 15, 2019 from .

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