Computer Simulation of the Sonoran Desert Community

See how changes in initial populations and parameters affect a biological community. Individuals use a special software program to simulate a desert community with five species. They adjust initial populations to see how the community reacts to the changes.

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Instructional Ideas

  • If possible, invite a computer scientist specializing in environmental models to give a talk to the class
Classroom Considerations

  • Classroom computers must be able to download specific software from the Internet
  • Be sure to test out the program before having learners use it
Pros

  • Pupils will have fun playing with the computer simulation
  • Provides a variety of worksheets in both Word and PDF forms
Cons

  • None
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