To meet the demands of 21st-century industry, it is critical to build a computationally literate work-force. Computation has now been incorporated into the K‒12 science education framework and standards. Here we provide several computational modules that can be integrated into high school science curricula, along with the Massachusetts Digital Literacy and Computer Science (DL&CS) Standards they help meet. These modules are developed by Brian Mernoff, a chemistry teacher at Medford High School, and two undergraduate students, Zach Graziano and Arya Mekkat in the YSL group.Computational modules for high school chemistry class
In this module students will learn basic programming skills while exploring kinetic molecular theory and molecular dynamics simulations. Read more and download user guides.
In this module students will learn how the amino acid sequence of a protein dictates its structure, and how molecular dynamics simulations can be used to study protein dynamics and their sequence‒structure relationships. Read more and download user guides.
In this module students will learn how viruses develop drug resistance, and how docking simulations can be used to estimate binding affinity of a compound to a protein. Read more and download user guides.
Additional resources: Other outreach programs in the Department of Chemistry at Tufts MassCAN: Massachusetts Computing Attainment Network We’d love hear from you with any feedback, questions, or comments! Please email your questions and comments to YSL.