Curriculum Modules

Welcome to a unique module experience

Our standard SEE curriculum modules are written for science teachers to guide students through lessons. This Computational Modeling module is different. This has been written for students to move through online modeling activities at their own pace and based on their own interests.

All of these activities are housed on Activities can be selected based on the level of difficulty or based on the computational tool you want to learn.  All activities will result in building a computational model or models that help you explore today’s complex issues and questions. This will guide you to ultimately applying your skills to build and share a model of your choosing.  These will also prepare high school and college students who are studying statistics, math, computer science, environmental science, physics, integrated science, biotechnology, or STEM courses to use systems and computational thinking combined with online tools that are used in both the workforce and in academia.

These activities cover topics such as feedback loops, behavior over time, data visualization, and differential gene expression with computational tools such as Loopy, Stella Online, Ocean Data View, NetLogo, R, Python, and more!

Please see for all materials or click the button below. This website also highlights the work of 40 high school students who participated in a workgroup during the summer of 2020. These students learned about computational modeling through these activities and then applied that learning to create new modeling activities and projects.

Please feel free to share this webpage. Or download and share this one-page printable description of the module so that others can gain insight into complex issues while learning how to use and apply new skills. If you want to share this with a classroom teacher, this one-page description focuses on specific Next Generation Science Standards, which is important for educators working towards state and national education standards.

If you have trouble accessing the Gaining Insight website, you can find our original beta-testing pages and activities here. However, these pages have not been updated with new content since July 2021 and these pages will only be available through 2021 as we transition all users to Teachers and students, you may need to add the Gaining Insight website to your approved list of resources. If you need support from the SEE team to do this, please email us at and we can provide letters and information to IT administrators to enable use in your district or school.