StarLogo TNG

Making Agent-Based Modeling Accessible and Appealing to Novices
  • Eric Klopfer
  • Hal Scheintaub
  • Wendy Huang
  • Daniel Wendel

Computational approaches to science are radically altering the nature of scientific investigatiogn. Yet these computer programs and simulations are sparsely used in science education, and when they are used, they are typically “canned” simulations which are black boxes to students. StarLogo The Next Generation (TNG) was developed to make programming of simulations more accessible for students and teachers. StarLogo TNG builds on the StarLogo tradition of agent-based modeling for students and teachers, with the added features of a graphical programming environment and a three-dimensional (3D) world. The graphical programming environment reduces the learning curve of programming, especially syntax. The 3D graphics make for a more immersive and engaging experience for students, including making it easy to design and program their own video games. Another change to StarLogo TNG is a fundamental restructuring of the virtual machine to make it more transparent. As a result of these changes, classroom use of TNG is expanding to new areas. This chapter is concluded with a description of field tests conducted in middle and high school science classes.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eric Klopfer
    • 1
  • Hal Scheintaub
    • 2
  • Wendy Huang
    • 1
  • Daniel Wendel
    • 1
  1. 1.Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridgeUSA
  2. 2.The Governor's AcademyByfieldUSA

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