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Student Competition Using Differential Equation Modeling (SCUDEM 2017)

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SIMIODE will offer an inaugural student competition in modeling with differential equations coupled with a faculty development programs in support of using modeling to teach differential equations. This is meant for schools within a two hour drive of Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh NY, on Saturday, 14 October 2017.  Registration for coach/team participation is open through 29 September 2017 at while complete details of the competion are at Rich details, including examples of problems, sample problem and "soluiton" as well as scoring rubric are availabel at tps://

The SIMIODE organization, Systemic Initiative for Modeling Investigations and Opportunities with Differential Equations, announces this new program for undergraduate or lower students and faculty: our Student Competition Using Differential Equation Modeling (SCUDEM).  While students are working on their modeling projects at the local site, faculty will engage in a meaningful faculty development program on using modeling in their courses.


The student competition takes place over a week-long period that begins on each team’s individual home campus and culminates on Saturday, 14 October 2017, at Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh NY USA. Beginning on Monday, 9 October 2017, student teams access three modeling scenarios (introductory, intermediate, and advanced) involving differential equations, posted at our SIMIODE website. These teams will work at their home institution developing approaches and solutions to their chosen modeling scenario.  The scenarios are designed so that every team may experience some success in modeling, building their skills and confidence in differential equations.  Each team will prepare a draft Executive Summary and Presentation to bring to the regional host site on Competition Saturday, 14 October 2017. There, student teams will work on a small expansion of the modeling scenario they selected (for example, effects of new assumptions, variables or changes in parameters) for inclusion in their final submissions.

During the morning on Saturday, 14 October 2017, faculty will participate in a faculty development session in which they will participate as students in classroom modeling activities to demonstrate the effect of using modeling to teach differential equations, consider using Zombie modeling in a modeling course, and participate in a round table discussion on issues surrounding using modeling in teaching.


Results of the Competition can be found here.  This includes complete statements of the original problems for the competition, statements of the small expansions of the problems offered on Competition Saturday, copies of the two faculty presentations during the Faculty Development workshop, and list of awards for Executive Summary, Presentation and MathBowl.

When: Saturday 14 October, 2017, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT
Where: Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh NY USA
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