SageModeler - Exploring the Dynamics of Epidemics

Building Your First Model Using SageModeler

Background: If you used SageModeler to explore how rabbit populations, Dr. Seuss's Lorax and epidemics have similar patterns, you are likely ready to create a more dynamic model on disease epidemics. This activity was developed for high school students to construct a dynamic model and to consider how models are used when studying epidemics. For a primer on modeling epidemics, view this descriptive 23-minute video. This video clearly demonstrates how models help make decisions for what works and what doesn't when slowing the spread of epidemics.

2) When you are finished with your activity, continue your learning by submitting your own, new model for others to use. Or go directly to the Concord Consortium's for many more activities! Use these links to access Concord Consortium's Free Interactive STEM Activities and SageModeler directly.

This activity was made possible thanks to these contributors, partners and funding agencies:

Steven Roderick is the primary author of this activity. Steve is a teacher who works with both ISB and the Concord Consortium.

The National Science Foundation is the US government agency that supports fundamental research and education in science and engineering.

The Concord Consortium is a nonprofit educational research and development organization creating large-scale improvements in teaching and learning through technology.

Michigan State University CREATE for STEM Institute is MSU's hub for STEM Education Research.