"NetLogo is a programmable
modeling environment for simulating natural and social phenomena.
It was authored by Uri Wilensky in 1999 and is in continuous development
at the Center for Connected Learning and Computer-Based Modeling.
NetLogo is particularly well suited
for modeling complex systems developing over time. Modelers can
give instructions to hundreds or thousands of independent "agents"
all operating concurrently. This makes it possible to explore
the connection between the micro-level behavior of individuals
and the macro-level patterns that emerge from the interaction
of many individuals.
NetLogo lets students open simulations
and "play" with them, exploring their behavior under
various conditions. It is also an authoring environment which
enables students, teachers and curriculum developers to create
their own models. NetLogo is simple enough that students and teachers
can easily run simulations or even build their own. And, it is
advanced enough to serve as a powerful tool for researchers in
NetLogo has extensive documentation
and tutorials. It also comes with a Models Library, which is a
large collection of pre-written simulations that can be used and
modified. These simulations address many content areas in the
natural and social sciences, including biology and medicine, physics
and chemistry, mathematics and computer science, and economics
and social psychology. Several model-based inquiry curricula using
NetLogo are currently under development.
NetLogo can also power a classroom
participatory-simulation tool called HubNet. Through the use of
networked computers or handheld devices such as Texas Instruments
(TI-83+) calculators, each student can control an agent in a simulation.
Follow this link for more information.
NetLogo is the next generation of the
series of multi-agent modeling languages that started with StarLogo.
It builds off the functionality of our product StarLogoT and adds
significant new features and a redesigned language and user interface.
NetLogo is written in Java so it can run on all major platforms
(Mac, Windows, Linux, et al). It is run as a standalone application.
Individual models can be run as Java applets inside a web browser.
NOT download and install these programs unless instructed
to by the teacher. The program is likely already installed
on your classroom computer OR they will be available on the
room server for faster acesss.
Most file links are intended for home use.
In this NetLOGO
activity you will choose a simulation from the Models
Library that appeals most to you. Also realize
that this activity could also be what you choose to do
more in depth as your
Your 100 word report should include:
name, period and simulation title
of what it does
personal career/hobby interests and why you chose this
you learned form using it