What is a simulation?
A simulation is a copy of literally anything, which you model to explore various behaviours or show an idea to better understand a system.
Why do we need simulations?
To understand a system, predict data not easily available, understand data that is available, to educate and experience an event or try something new.
The National Sea Simulator is a world-leading experimental aquarium facility revolutionising marine science research in Australia. Scientists can research how climate change is effecting the environment and consequently how to save the earth.
Simulations can be used to educate and enhance an experience.
Kozma and Johnston (1991) conceptualized seven ways in which instructional technology can support learning:
- Enabling active engagement in construction of knowledge
- Making available real-world situations
- Providing representations in multiple modalities
- Drilling students on basic concepts to reach mastery
- Facilitating collaborative activity among students
- Seeing interconnections among concepts
- Simulating laboratory work
(Kozma, R.B., and J. Johnston. 1991. “The technological revolution comes to the classroom.” Change 23(1):10-23.)
Science and Environment Simulations
Crown of Thorns Starfish
The warmer air and ocean surface temperatures brought on by climate change impact corals and alter coral reef communities by prompting coral bleaching events and altering ocean chemistry. These impacts affect corals and the many organisms that use coral reefs as habitat.