Building Models

Modeling is essential in the pursuit of scientific knowledge and, as such, is a central practice used across the science disciplines. Scientists develop, revise, and use models to predict and explain phenomena. With the SageModeler modeling tool students can easily construct dynamic models and validate their models by comparing outputs from their own models with data from one or more other sources, including national datasets, experimental data gathered from probes, or data generated by simulations.

Build your own model

SageModeler is a systems modeling tool to facilitate the building of dynamic models.

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Or try SageModeler in Chinese, Turkish, Hebrew, or Spanish.

Thank you to Dr. Silvia Wen-Yu Lee's research team at National Changhua University of Education for contributing the Chinese translation.
Thanks to Ibrahim Delen for translation into Turkish, Tom Bielik for the Hebrew translation, and Cristián Rizzi Iribarren for the Spanish translation.

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  • SageModeler curriculum units

  • IQWST Weather SageModeler Integration

  • Activities under development for research


The Concord Consortium CREATE for STEM

The Building Models materials were developed in partnership with the CREATE for STEM Institute at Michigan State University with funding from the National Science Foundation (grants DRL-1417809 and DRL-1417900). Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.