Category: simulation

  • Portfolio: Drone Science Mission Board Game

    Portfolio: Drone Science Mission Board Game

    The Drone Science Mission Board Game simulates a scientific mission to monitor a volcano, using sensors carried by a drone aircraft. Randy Russell developed the game, while working for the UCAR Center for Science Education (UCAR SciEd), as part of a larger engineering education project. The Engineering Experiences project, geared towards middle school students, was…

  • Engineering Sims – Binghamton Webinar – July 2020

    Engineering Sims – Binghamton Webinar – July 2020

    I presented a webinar about the use of simulations and virtual labs for engineering education to the faculty of the Watson School of Engineering at Binghamton University in New York on July 22, 2020. The title of the presentation was “Minds-on Virtual Education via Simulations, Games and Web-based Activities”. Links to resources mentioned in the…

  • EdGCM


    EdGCM is a research-grade Global Climate Model (GCM) with a user-friendly interface that is suitable for use by students and can be run on a personal computer.

  • CIMSS & WeatherWise Weather & Climate Apps

    CIMSS & WeatherWise Weather & Climate Apps

    This large collection of web apps covers a broad range of topics in weather, climate, and the atmospheric sciences. A visual menu on the CIMSS site and a topic outline on the WeatherWise site both link to an overlapping set of interactives created by faculty at the University of Wisconsin.

  • KCVS Climate Solutions

    KCVS Climate Solutions

    In the Climate Solutions simulation you make choices that determine humanity’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions during the 21st century. Select options for electricity production and use, transportation, land use, buildings, and materials. Try to reduce GHG emissions by eliminating “wedges” from the emissions graph.

  • Disease Spread – Simulation Animations

    Disease Spread – Simulation Animations

    Several authors have written articles or created videos about the spread of infectious disease and how it can be modeled with simulations. These articles include visualizations that help illustrate the mathematics behind the simulations. Some include interactive features; others show visuals representing different cases. If you want to investigate simulations of disease spread yourself, check…

  • Climate Interactive

    Climate Interactive

    Climate Interactive has created several simulations and role-playing games related to climate science and policy. Their simulation models include: En-ROADS (energy policy), C-ROADS (international policy), and ALPS (Agriculture and Land Policy Simulator). Their role-playing simulation games include: Climate Action Simulation, World Climate Simulation, and Agritopia (agricultural policy).

  • BBC Climate Challenge

    BBC Climate Challenge

    In the Climate Challenge role-playing policy game, you are the leader of the European Union. Select policies to reduce carbon emissions while retaining enough popularity to remain in office.

  • Annenberg – Carbon Cycle & Energy Labs

    Annenberg – Carbon Cycle & Energy Labs

    The Habitable Planet curriculum includes lab simulations for the carbon cycle and for energy. Creator: Annenberg Learner (Annenberg Foundation) Cost: free

  • Concord Consortium – Climate & Atmosphere

    Concord Consortium – Climate & Atmosphere

    The Concord Consortium has several educational models that explore topics in climate, air pollution and air quality, the water cycle, and other aspects of atmospheric science. Resources include: Global Climate Change Model, Hurricane Explorer Model, Air Pollution Model (aerial), Air Pollution Model (cross-section), Hydraulic Fracturing Model, Water Model, Land Management Model, and Sunlight, Infrared, CO2…