Sample Tutorial Simulations
This page is a place where all our sample AgentSheets simulations can be posted in one place.
The following provides a brief description of the simulations with links to more information, the AgentSheets project and the online version (applet). Most of the actual simulations can be found in the Sample Arcade.
Contagion / Virus
|Description: An infectious disease model that simulates contagion spreading through close proximity. The speed and extent to which a disease spreads depends on several factors, including the susceptibility of humans in general, the level of immune response of individuals, and environmental conditions which promote or inhibit some or all of these factors. This simulation treats the ability of a pathogen to spread and its virulence as a single probability, rather than attempt to handle the multitude of complex factors. In this simulation, people move randomly; infected people will either recover spontaneously or die. Sick people remain sick and continue to move about until they either recover or die. Finally, the simulation tracks the number of sick people, well people, and deaths.|
More information: Contagion Design
|Description: Build electrical circuits (in series or in parallel) out of wires, light bulbs, resistors, buzzers, fuses etc. Simulation built for a project funded by the Greek Ministry of Education and the European Commission..|
Electronic Problem of the Week (ePOW) based on AgentSheets simulations hosted on the Mathforum. Developed for middle school math as part of the ESCOT project (Educational Software Components of Tomorrow) to explore ratios and sampling.
|Description: The first Fish Farm problem is designed to have students apply the concepts of ratio and equivalent ratio to distribute a set number of male and female fish into three ponds.|
|Description: In the second Fish Farm, students sample fish to determine the (unknown) male-female ratio in a pond. Explore statistical sampling in a simulation setting.|
|Description: The Fractris simulation gets students to use different combinations of fractions that sum to 1 in a Tetris-like game setting.|
|Description: Rock, Paper, Scissors was a series of ePOWs designed to encourage students to explore probability. In this problem series, students investigate the concept of probability through an investigation of the fairness of games.|
More information: Rock Paper Scissors Design
|Description: How do rumors spread? In this simulation, students are asked to predict what the graph of a real-world situation (spreading a rumor) will look like as compared to a controlled situation (only one person spreading a rumor).|
Pi Machine -- NOT FINISHED
|Description: Series of simulations about pi and other geometrical properties of circles and spheres in four parts:
More information: Fish Bowl Design
- A large collection of AgentSheets simulations including lesson plans at the National Computational Science Institute covering Chemistry Foundations, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Systems Biology, Cellular Biology, Physiology, Ecology and Population Biology, and Molecular Evolution and Phylogenetics
- STEM tutorials at Shodor. 
- Also, enter 'AgentSheets' in the Shodor home page search window to see a list of specific AgentSheets simulations. 
- A zipped file containing PDF and MS-Word format lesson plan outlines of projects to simulate avalanche, spread of contagion, population dynamics, predator-prey ecosystem, and wildfire. These projects are intended for middle or high school levels. Download the zipped file.