The CMST Challenge offers teachers and students the opportunity to compete in a collaborative setting, using computer modeling software to solve real world problems.
Part 1: A Project-based Competition
Beginners Group (those with a single summer participation):
Teams are comprised of two teachers and two to four students working on a single project together.
Advanced Group (those with two or more summer participation):
CMST Teachers in the Advanced Group are expected to involve a whole classroom in a team project or individual ones. More than one teacher can team up.
Teams are to:
- Select a topic of interest relevant to the curriculum
- Identify the specific problem(s) to be investigated
- Research the issue/gather data
- Choose software package from Stella, AgentSheets or Interactive Physics
- Construct a computer simulation model
- Use the simulation to solve the problem(s), draw conclusions, make predictions
Project must include:
- A clear statement of the problem
- A paragraph description of the project
- A paragraph justification for modeling software used
- 2-3 page paper that includes:
- group planning and decision making procedures
- division of labor
- design and execution of tasks
- problems encountered
- evaluation of results
- summary of experience
- Poster presentation
- Electronic demo of project
Projects will be judged at two levels (Jr. High and Sr. High) on:
- Alignment with course curriculum
- Use of modeling software
- Presentation of and finished project
Part 2: TI-83+ Triathlon
A fun, fast paced competition for students to show off their graphing calculator skills and bring glory and honor to their schools
Competition includes: team activities, individual questions and a relay race.
Teams of three to five students.