Computational Modeling Workgroups
The Systems Education Experiences program at ISB brings together students to learn with scientists and educators. Each year, we receive over 300 applications from high school students wanting to intern with us. We are a relatively small institute of 200 people, so cannot accept everyone. However, we want every student to have an opportunity to participate in STEM. So we have created new ways for students to learn and do STEM with ISB! These include courses at skill centers, in-person and online ambassador programs, and now WORKGROUPS.
In 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic, we launched our first ever online Computational Modeling Workgroup! 42 high school students from 4 different US states used their "pandemic time" to join 3 educators and 15 STEM professionals to use computational modeling to understand and solve a variety of systems problems.