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Big Idea Biology Using NetLogo

  • 7 Jun 2022
  • 5 Jul 2022
  • 5 sessions
  • 7 Jun 2022, 5:00 PM 6:00 PM (NZST)
  • 14 Jun 2022, 5:00 PM 6:00 PM (NZST)
  • 21 Jun 2022, 5:00 PM 6:00 PM (NZST)
  • 28 Jun 2022, 5:00 PM 6:00 PM (NZST)
  • 5 Jul 2022, 5:00 PM 6:00 PM (NZST)
  • Online
  • 20


  • $40.00/person.

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Explorers and S:iiiL Education present a fun five week course to stretch your brain entitled...

Big Idea Biology Using NetLogo 

Tuesdays 5:00-6:00pm, 7 June to 5 July (inclusive)

This class uses pre-made toy computer programs in NetLogo and class discussion to explore big ideas in biology, especially evolution and brains. We'll look at simulations of sea sponges, ancient animals, ants and dragonflies. This is not a programming class and no programming experience is required, but if you're familiar with NetLogo you can modify the programs.

This class is recommended for all ages: teenagers and adults (parents welcome), or younger people with a deep passion for biology, cognitive science and/or philosophy.

Optimisation and the origin of animals
Energy efficiency and evolution
Swarm intelligence and ants
Inference and dragonflies  

About S:iiiL

Synaesthesia: inquisitive, integrated, immersive Learning (or S:iiiL, pronounced like seal) classes are designed to take university level skills and concepts, while leaving behind the testing and risk of failure to make them accessible and interesting to more people. Classes are by appointment and taught online via the S:iiiL Discord server. Visit or email if you’d like to organise your own class or tutoring.

About Joe
Joe is S:iiiL's educator and lead curriculum designer, and a teaching fellow at the University of Otago. He is dyslexic (but hopefully you can’t tell) and until tertiary study he was home educated.

Joe holds degrees in writing, psychology, neuroscience, and computer science. He has been working for over six years in research and teaching positions, specialising in creative writing, artificial intelligence and biological modelling.

This event is organised by Auckland Explorers for NZAGC members nationwide. 

S:iiiL are kindly offering this course to NZAGC at a significant discount!

The cost is $40 for the full five week course (that's only $8/session)!

Please register today using the attached form. 

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