Student Competition Using Differential Equations Modeling - SCUDEM

By Brian Winkel

SIMIODE, Cornwall NY USA

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Announcement and Information on SCUDEM

SIMIODE is excited to announce a new program for undergraduate students: Student Competition Using Differential Equation Modeling - SCUDEM. SCUDEM takes place over a week-long period that begins on each team’s individual home campus and culminates on Saturday, 21 April 2018, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM, at a regional host site in the United States and beyond. See details here. For registered team members and coaches problems will be posted on Monday, 16 April 2018, followed by team work at home institution, with Competition Saturday on 21 April 2018.

We are hosting an  inaugural SCUDEM, located at Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh NY USA, on 14 October 2017 for schools within a two hour drive of Newburgh NY. See details here. For registered team members and coaches problems will be posted on Monday, 9 October 2017, followed by team work at home institution, with Competition Saturday on 14 October 2017.

Inaugural SCUDEM - 2017

  We offer an invitation and Full Event Description for an Inaugural October 2017 SCUDEM, at Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh NY, with Competition Saturday, 14 October 2017, for schools within a two hour drive of Newburgh NY.  Invitations will be sent to nearby institutions. Contact Director@SIMIODE.org if you are interested in having a team compete from your school. We will be opening registration for this one local site event on 1 August 2017. 

Beginning on Monday, 9 October 2017, student teams can 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 10 minute 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.

In the morning faculty will participate in faculty development experiences to help them incorporate more modeling in their coursework. SIMIODE has faculty development materials available and will work with local campus coordinators to tailor the workshops.  Student teams will address the expansion to their problem, refine their executive summary and practice their presentation, adding any additional details needed.  At noon, students will turn in the final draft of their executive summary which will be judged by coaches present.  During the afternoon session, each team, in one of two groups of six teams, will give a 10 minute presentation, scored by an audience of coaches, faculty, and participating students.  The competition culminates with an awards ceremony rounding out the day by 4:30 PM to allow time to travel home. 

SCUDEM - 2018

We offer an invitation and Full Event Description for nationwide (and more) April 2018 SCUDEM at local schools around the country (and beyond!) with Competition Saturday, 21 April 2018, for schools within a two hour drive of the local sites.  We shall be posting site locations as the number grows.  Contact Director@SIMIODE.org if you are interested in having a team compete or hosting SCUDEM at your school – see document below on hosting SCUDEM. We will be opening registration for this broader competition on 1 February 2018.

Registration for this spring 2018 SCUDEM event will open on 1 February 2018, but we are currently (and through 15 January 2018) looking for local site schools and site coordinators to host SCUDEM. Please contact us at Director@SIMIODE.org if you and your school are interested in hosting SIMIODE on Competition Saturday, 21 April 2018. 

Beginning on Monday, 16 April 2018, student teams can 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 10 minute Presentation to bring to the regional host site on Competition Saturday, 21 April 2018. 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.

In the morning faculty will participate in faculty development experiences to help them incorporate more modeling in their coursework. SIMIODE has faculty development materials available and will work with local campus coordinators to tailor the workshops.  Student teams will address the expansion to their problem, refine their executive summary and practice their presentation, adding any additional details needed.  At noon, students will turn in the final draft of their executive summary which will be judged by coaches present.  During the afternoon session, each team, in one of two groups of six teams, will give a 10 minute presentation, scored by an audience of coaches, faculty, and participating students.  The competition culminates with an awards ceremony rounding out the day by 4:30 PM to allow time to travel home.

Invitation to be host site for SCUDEM 2018

We are seeking local site school hosts for 21 April 2018 SCUDEM. There is no cost to local site school and SIMIODE is offering $1100 for local coordinator stipend, student assistant(s) support, and refreshments and awards. See Invitation to become host site which explains the expectation and arrangement.

Growing list of Host Sites for SCUDEM 2018

  • Adams State University, Alamosa CO USA
  • Amherst College, Amherst MA USA
  • Augustana College, Rock Island IL USA
  • Azusa Pacific University, Azusa CA USA
  • University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport CT USA
  • California State University, Channel Islands, Camarillo CA USA
  • Cameron University, Lawton OK USA
  • Centennial High School, Ellicott City MD USA
  • Centre College, Danville KY USA
  • Colgate University, Hamilton NY USA
  • Cornell College, Mount Vernon IA USA
  • Creighton University, Omaha NE USA
  • Dordt College, Sioux Center IA USA
  • Eastern Illinois University, Charleston IL USA
  • University of Evansville, Evansville IN USA
  • Frederick Community College, Frederick MD USA
  • George Fox University, Newberg OR USA
  • Georgia Gwinnett College, Lawrenceville GA USA
  • Hartnell College, Salinas CA USA
  • Holy Family University, Philadelphia PA USA
  • Howard University, Washington DC USA
  • Hunter College, New York NY USA
  • Illinois State University, Normal IL USA
  • Kutztown University, Kutztown PA USA
  • Lake Superior State University, Sault Ste. Marie MI USA
  • LaSalle University, Philadelphia PA USA
  • Longwood University, Farmville VA USA
  • Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro TN USA
  • Montana Tech of the University of Montana, Butte MT USA
  • Morgan State University, Baltimore MD USA
  • Mount Vernon Nazarene University, Mount Vernon OH USA
  • University of Mobile, Mobile AL USA
  • University of New England, Biddeford ME USA
  • New York City College of Technology – CUNY, Brooklyn NY USA
  • North Carolina A&T State University, Greensboro NC USA
  • Oregon Institute of Technology, Klamath Falls OR USA
  • Purdue University, West Lafayette IN USA
  • Shenandoah University, Winchester VA USA
  • Shepherd University, Shepherdstown WV USA
  • The University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg MS USA
  • Southwestern University, Georgetown TX USA
  • St. Olaf College, Northfield MN USA
  • St. Petersburg College, St. Petersburg FL USA
  • Texas A&M University-Commerce, Commerce TX USA
  • Texas A&M University-Kingsville, Kingsville TX USA
  • Valparaiso University, Valparaiso IN USA
  • Virginia Wesleyan College, Norfolk VA USA
  • West Virginia State University, Institute WV USA
  • Wheaton College, Wheaton IL USA
  • University of Wisconsin-Platteville, Platteville WI USA
  • University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Oshkosh WI USA
  • York College of Pennsylvania, York PA USA
  • Yuba College, Marysville CA USA

Resources and related materials for SCUDEM

SCUDEM Sample Table Tennis Problem and Comments on Sample Problem.

Example of Team Executive Summary from Team 09 at Location 11 of Sample Table Tennis Problem.

Example of Team Presentation from Team 09 at Location 11 of Sample Table Tennis Problem.

Scoring/Judging Rubric for SCUDEM.

Examples of SCUDEM problems.

SIMIODE, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in Cornwall, New York in the United States, was founded by DR Brian Winkel, Emeritus Professor of Mathematics, United States Military Academy, West Point NY USA in 2013. 

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  • Brian Winkel (2017), "Student Competition Using Differential Equations Modeling - SCUDEM," https://simiode.org/resources/3449.

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