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A level student masterclass, Modelling Biological Systems Friday Nov 15, 2019 from 10:00AM to 3:00PM
Organised by: Fergus KirkpatrickFergus Kirkpatrick Hosted by: Isaac Computer Science
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Modelling biological systems


This masterclass has two parts. In the first part, you will work through topics on the Isaac Computer Science platform.

In the second part, you will find out how to develop and program models of dynamic biological systems such as pandemics and predator/prey ecosystems. You will program simple agents and explore the group behaviour that can emerge from their random interactions.

You will discover how you can use computational models to answer questions such as: How long on average does it take a disease to infect a whole population? What is the impact of immunisation on the spread of disease? How do predator/prey ecosystems reach a balance where both species can survive? What combinations of predator and prey populations lead to extinction? You will also find out how to produce simple animations of these systems.

Who should attend?

Masterclass events are for A level students who already have some knowledge of computer science and want to learn more. Each session introduces you to an advanced A level Computer Science concept and gives you the skills and confidence to apply it in your own programming practice.

Logistical information

Attendance is free. A waiting list will be available should the event be oversubscribed.

All attendees must register individually (students and teachers); any attendees aged under 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Equipment needed

  • Devices will be provided
  • A sandwich lunch will be provided