Skip to content
integrated computational thinking


In this lesson, students explore and model segregation through NetLogo, an online simulation tool. Students will make a prediction about segregated neighborhoods and then manipulate an online simulation to analyze results. Students will identify elements that would add new dimensions to the simulation based on historical evidence about segregation during the post-WWII era. (estimated 40 min)

Learning Objectives

By the end of this activity, learners will be able to...

  • Learn how complex phenomena can be analyzed by focusing on different parts of the phenomena (abstraction).
  • Learn how computational models can help understand the complex phenomena
  • Describe factors that influence segregated neighborhoods


  • Abstraction: Isolating key details while ignoring the remaining elements
  • Simulation: The imitative representation of one system or process functioning in a controlled environment
  • Decomposition: The process of breaking down complex problems into smaller, more manageable parts
  • Segregation: The action or state of setting someone or something apart from other people or things.

Materials and Resources