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Agent Based Modeling of Complex Adaptive Systems (Advanced)
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Building on Complex Adaptive Systems theory and basic Agent Based Modeling knowledge presented in SPM4530, the Advanced course will focus on the model development process. The students are expected to conceptualize, develop and verify a model during the course, individually or in a group. The modeling tasks will be, as much as possible, based on real life research problems, formulated by various research groups from within and outside the faculty.
Study Goals The main goal of the course is to learn how to form a modeling question, perform a system decomposition, conceptualize and formalize the system elements, implement and verify the simulation and validate an Agent Based Model of a socio-technical system.

Subject:
Computer Science
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
Delft University of Technology
Provider Set:
Delft University OpenCourseWare
Author:
Dr. Ir. I. Nikolic
Date Added:
03/03/2016
Basketball Motion Analysis using Decomposition
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In the Basketball Motion Analysis lesson, students use decomposition to break down a specific LeBron James play from the 2015 NBA Finals. Students practice drawing and interpreting speed graphs, as well as discuss whether computers and data can replace human basketball coaches. This lesson was inspired by a post by Savvas Tjortjoglou.

Subject:
Mathematics
Material Type:
Lesson
Author:
Eli Sheldon
Date Added:
02/09/2017
Biology
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Biology is designed for multi-semester biology courses for science majors. It is grounded on an evolutionary basis and includes exciting features that highlight careers in the biological sciences and everyday applications of the concepts at hand. To meet the needs of today’s instructors and students, some content has been strategically condensed while maintaining the overall scope and coverage of traditional texts for this course. Instructors can customize the book, adapting it to the approach that works best in their classroom. Biology also includes an innovative art program that incorporates critical thinking and clicker questions to help students understand—and apply—key concepts.

Subject:
Life Science
Biology
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
Rice University
Provider Set:
OpenStax College
Date Added:
08/22/2012
Biorecycling: Using Nature to Make Resources from Waste
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By studying key processes in the carbon cycle, such as photosynthesis, composting and anaerobic digestion, students learn how nature and engineers "biorecycle" carbon. Students are exposed to examples of how microbes play many roles in various systems to recycle organic materials and also learn how the carbon cycle can be used to make or release energy.

Subject:
Engineering
Atmospheric Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Caryssa Joustra
Daniel Yeh
Emanuel Burch
George Dick
Herby Jean
Ivy Drexler
Jorge Calabria
Lyudmila Haralampieva
Matthew Woodham
Onur Ozcan
Robert Bair
Stephanie Quintero
Date Added:
09/18/2014
Bury Your Trash!
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Students bury various pieces of trash in a plotted area of land outside. After two to three months, they uncover the trash to investigate what types of materials biodegrade in soil.

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Engineering
Physics
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Activity/Lab
Provider:
TeachEngineering
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TeachEngineering
Author:
Roarke Horstmeyer
Date Added:
10/14/2015
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This lesson focuses on using the properties of rectangles to calculate area. It is designed to aid adult students to successfully master and apply basic geometry knowledge in a professional setting (construction and related) and can also contribute to achieving High School Equivalency (HSE).
Areas to be covered include properties of rectangles and squares; definition of ‘square’; right-angled triangles; calculating areas of rectangles and right-angled triangles; decomposition of area into manageable units; and calculating costs. Students will apply this knowledge to calculating the costs of purchasing building materials.

Subject:
Mathematics
Material Type:
Interactive
Lesson Plan
Author:
david cowell
Date Added:
08/08/2019
Cleaning Up with Decomposers
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Students investigate decomposers and the role of decomposers in maintaining the flow of nutrients in an environment. Students also learn how engineers use decomposers to help clean up wastes in a process known as bioremediation. This lesson concludes a series of six lessons in which students use their growing understanding of various environments and the engineering design process, to design and create their own model biodome ecosystems.

Subject:
Engineering
Ecology
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Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Denise W. Carlson
Katherine Beggs
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
Date Added:
09/18/2014
Compost -- Out Teach
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Students will explore the ways that plants get recycled into soil/food for other plants.

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Life Science
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Lesson Plan
Author:
Out Teach
Date Added:
06/06/2021
Composting Competition
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In a multi-week experiment, students monitor the core temperatures of two compost piles, one control and one tended, to see how air and water affect microbial activity. They daily aerate and wet the "treated" pile and collect 4-6 weeks' worth of daily temperature readings. Once the experiment is concluded, students plot and analyze their data to compare the behavior of the two piles. They find that the treated pile becomes hotter, an indication that more microbes are active and releasing heat. Through this activity, students see that microbes play a role in composting and how composting can be used as a carbon management process.

Subject:
Engineering
Environmental Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Caryssa Joustra
Daniel Yeh
Emanuel Burch
George Dick
Herby Jean
Ivy Drexler
Jorge Calabria
Lyudmila Haralampieva
Matthew Woodham
Onur Ozcan
Robert Bair
Stephanie Quintero
Date Added:
09/18/2014
Composting – Nature's Disappearing Act
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Students explore the concept of biodegradability by building and observing model landfills to test the decomposition of samples of everyday garbage items. They collect and record experiment observations over five days, seeing for themselves what happens to trash when it is thrown "away" in a landfill environment. This shows them the difference between biodegradable and non-biodegradable and serves to introduce them to the idea of composting. Students also learn about the role of engineering in solid waste management.

Subject:
Engineering
Environmental Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Amy Kolenbrander
Janet Yowell
Jessica Todd
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
Date Added:
10/14/2015
Decomposers in Compost -- Out Teach
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In this lesson, students will use an existing compost pile to make observations that will help them better understand the decomposition process.\r\n\r\nBackground for instructors:\r\nThe ultimate purpose of this lesson is for students to learn about decomposition as a part of the cycle of energy and matter through an ecosystem. The compost is used as an observation station for this concept and does not therefore have to function in connection with the growing of vegetables in the garden. In other words, a simple pile or decaying organic material will suffice as long as there is evidence of the decomposition process, i.e. fungus, rotting material, and visible organisms. If your school has a functioning compost operation, this lesson can be used to bolster understanding and enthusiasm in that process as well.

Subject:
Life Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Out Teach
Date Added:
06/03/2021
Decomposition: Let It Rot
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Students will conduct a laboratory exercise that will examine the decomposition of organic household wastes from their home, and investigate which waste products can be composted and best utilized by plants.

Subject:
Agriculture
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Butte County Office of Education
Provider Set:
CTE Online
Author:
Natalie Borba
Date Added:
10/10/2016
Decomposition Mission
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In this activity, students investigate the fascinating and complex process of decomposition and lay the foundation for deeper understanding of concepts related to matter and energy transfer in ecosystems. Through exploration and discussion, students go beyond simple definitions. Instead, students discover key characteristics of decomposition as they struggle with creating a sequence for decomposing wood and leaves. They learn the difference between physical decomposition and chemical decomposition and that many things contribute to decomposition, but certain organisms are classified as decomposers. They also search for and discuss evidence of decomposers, make model diagrams to further develop their ideas about the process of decomposition, and discuss decomposition and its role in the cycling of matter. Finally, students are challenged to recognize the evidence and impact of decomposition in the ecosystems they explore.

Subject:
Biology
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Activity/Lab
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Beetles: Science and Teaching for Field Instructors
Date Added:
05/04/2020
Dirty Decomposers
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Students design and conduct experiments to determine what environmental factors favor decomposition by soil microbes. They use chunks of carrots for the materials to be decomposed, and their experiments are carried out in plastic bags filled with dirt. Every few days students remove the carrots from the dirt and weigh them. Depending on the experimental conditions, after a few weeks most of the carrots will have decomposed completely.

Subject:
Engineering
Environmental Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Mary R. Hebrank
Date Added:
09/18/2014
Food Webs Activity: Producers, Consumers, Decomposers (Grades 6-8)
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Students become “experts” and make creative presentations about the different ecological roles of producers, consumers, and decomposers at local and global scales.

Subject:
Ecology
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Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Encyclopedia of Life
Author:
Encyclopedia of Life Learning + Education
Date Added:
07/21/2017
Garden Science: Compost Lab
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In this 6th grade Science class, students learn how to build a compost pile, learn about organisms needed for decomposition, and begin to understand the purpose of compost in the garden.

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Activity/Lab
Author:
Kyle Cornforth
Date Added:
03/16/2020
Go with the Energy Flow
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Students learn about energy and nutrient flow in various biosphere climates and environments. They learn about herbivores, carnivores, omnivores, food chains and food webs, seeing the interdependence between producers, consumers and decomposers. Students are introduced to the roles of the hydrologic (water), carbon, and nitrogen cycles in sustaining the worlds' ecosystems so living organisms survive. This lesson is part of a series of six lessons in which students use their growing understanding of various environments and the engineering design process, to design and create their own model biodome ecosystems.

Subject:
Engineering
Ecology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Christopher Valenti
Denise Carlson
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
Date Added:
09/18/2014
How Fast Can a Carrot Rot?
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Students conduct experiments to determine what environmental factors favor decomposition by soil microbes. They use chunks of carrots for the materials to be decomposed, and their experiments are carried out in plastic bags filled with dirt. Every few days students remove the carrots from the dirt and weigh them. Depending on the experimental conditions, after a few weeks most of the carrots have decomposed completely.

Subject:
Engineering
Education
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Mary R. Hebrank
Date Added:
10/14/2015
Investigating Decomposition: Processes of a Plant
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Students observe the decomposition of a pumpkin under controlled circumstances. These observations are used to take notes and develop questions.

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Biology
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Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action
Date Added:
01/20/2012
Mold Terrarium
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This activity shows you how to make a mold terrarium using a jar and leftover food. Learners explore mold, an "icky but necessary" thing that helps living matter rot, return to the soil, and provide nutrients for other plants. If you use a variety of food scraps, with preservatives and without, you'll see the different kinds of mold and be able to compare the rate of growth on various foods. Note: don't put meat or fish in your mold terrarium--after a few days, these would start to smell very, very bad.

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Biology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Exploratorium
Author:
Ellen Klages
Linda Shore
Pat Murphy
The Exploratorium
Date Added:
12/07/1998
Voting Rights and Voter ID Laws
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In the Voting Rights and Voter ID Laws lesson, students interview family members or neighbors about their experiences voting, and then analyze real footage from polling locations in neighborhoods around the country. Students then learn about the history of voting rights in the United States, drilling deep into the modern controversies around Voter ID laws. Part of this lesson leverages materials from a great PBS lesson plan.

Subject:
History
Material Type:
Lesson
Author:
Eli Sheldon
Date Added:
02/09/2017
Washington Green Schools: Zombie Guacamole Training
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These resources make up the Zombie Guacamole curriculum training. This presentation is used when training teachers in the Zombie Guacamole curriculum. Zombie Guacamole is a fifth grade environmental science curriculum driven by the Next Generation Science Standards which prepares students to take action in their school to address food waste issues. This presentation provides curriculum overview, teaching methods, and a deep dive into the phenomenon. This curriculum is driven by the Next Generation Science Standards. In particular these activites allow participants to practice various Science & Engineering pracitces, such as “Developing and Using Models.”

Subject:
Environmental Science
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Author:
Shannon Brennan
Becky Bronstein
Date Added:
06/30/2020
What Will Biodegrade?
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Students investigate what types of materials biodegrade in the soil, and learn what happens to their trash after they throw it away. The concepts of landfills and compost piles will be explained, and the students will have an opportunity to create their own miniature landfill in which the difference between organic and inorganic waste will become clear.

Subject:
Engineering
Ecology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Roarke Horstmeyer
Date Added:
09/18/2014