Next week I’ll be attending the TMS Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida, where I’ll be giving the following talk:
Interactive Two-Dimensional Simulations as an Introduction to Core ICME Concepts
Colin Ashe1; David Yaron1; Laura Bartolo2; John Portman2; W. Craig Carter3; Donald Sadoway3
1Carnegie Mellon University; 2Kent State University; 3Massachusetts Institute of Technology
The 2008 NRC report on ICME exhorts universities to incorporate “ICME modules into a broad spectrum of materials science and engineering courses”. While research- and industry-grade simulations are appropriate for upper-level courses, students in introductory courses would benefit from simulations of simpler systems that clearly convey central concepts. Combining efforts in MSE, chemistry, physics, and digital libraries, we have developed a web-based computational engine for simplified two-dimensional simulations of atoms and molecules that allows students to visualize and interact with simulations as they run. These capabilities provide a means to introduce students to both the underlying materials science concepts as well as to key concepts from computational science, such as choosing a suitable simulation time-step. In this talk, we will highlight the capabilities of our system, provide examples of its use with students, and discuss how educators interested in partnering with us might use it in their own ICME modules.
If you’re attending the conference, please consider stopping by the “Integrating and Leveraging Collaborative Efforts for ICME Education” symposium at 11:30AM on Wednesday, March 14th for my talk.