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Simulating the world with Scratch

Nick Cook, Newcastle University


This is a hands-on workshop on using Scratch to simulate real-world biological systems such as epidemics and predator-prey ecosystems. This is a relatively simple introduction to modelling and simulation that can be quite powerful in itself and can also lead onto the use of more complex environments such as StarLogoNG and NetLogo.

Relevant Key Stages: KS2, KS3

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Nick Cook's biography

Nick is a senior lecturer in Computing Science at Newcastle University teaching operating systems and systems programming to Stage 2 undergraduates. He is responsible for CS outreach and widening participation. He has been an active member of CAS since 2010 and leads CAS North East (

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