Wrap-up Breeds & Procedures work:
  • Verify students have modified the existing code in some way & run it successfully.
  • Check off new breeds & procedures.

Intro to Hacking the Model:
  • Discuss positive and negative aspects of being able to hack the model.
  • Discuss why is it important that science data is open and that models are reproducible. We actually have an organization in Cville working on a global level to ensure the openness, integrity and reproducibility of scientific research (Center for Open Science).
  • How do we know if this model is reliable? Share the Info screen. Note that the project was created for educational purposes. One could do further research about this model by searching Robert Tinker TELS project.
  • Look at the Climate Change code together. What ideas do you have for hacking the model? Suggestions: Easy) change starting temperature, change shapes, change heading; More challenging) change speed, update an equation

Steps for hacking the model:
  • Open Climate Change Model
  • Save file. Select File -> Save As and name your model
  • Make only one change at a time
  • For every change, add a comment before explaining the change. Comments are started with a semi-colon ; this is an example of a comment
  • Check your code
  • If no errors, run the model & record what happened. Did it do what you expected? Did it do something surprising? Why? Share your observations in the Info section.
  • Before end of class, save your hacked model and send it to kwilkens@stab.org.