New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge

Don't Speak Bullying

Team: 33

School: Jackson Middle School

Area of Science: Behavioral Science


Interim: Problem Definition: The problem we are researching is if verbal bullying in middle school can spark a chain reaction effect throughout the community. One of the things we have been seeing during the research is that most teens are unaware that they are being verbally bullied. Other things that we have been seeing is, that most kids in our surveys show that the main reason of them becoming bullies is because the were they were bullied in the past. The information we have gathered shows that there might be a chain reaction based on the data we have acquired. Problem Solution: The solution to our problem is to program in NetLogo TNG a simulation based on a program used in Kick-Off and manipulating it to our problem. The setting in which our program will take place is a Middle School. Within this Middle School the ‘Students’ or turtles will wander and there will be mostly bystanders and a small percentage of bullies and victims. The bullies will ‘chase’ the victims within a certain radius, the victims will ‘run away’ and some of the bullies will chase after. After a bit, the bully will catch up to the victim and they will have a chance to become a bully, stay a victim or become a bystander. The bully will also have a chance to not be a bully any longer. The bystanders will also be involved because there’s a chance for them to become a victim. With this we will be able to show how the chain reaction effect appears in Middle Schools. Progress to Date: Since the Supercomputing Kick Off, we have been working on making our surveys then disturbing them to teachers in our school. The surveys are anonymous because this subject can be sensitive and quotes such as “Because of bullying, I am now constantly putting myself down” or “the same people that I picked on, picked on me” (anonymous surveys) some would not want this information out. We have received 178 surveys back; we have been analyzing the surveys. So far we have been looking at the adaptations of bullies and victims. We are about to begin on programing based on the information we have gathered in our surveys. Expected Results: The results we expect to find during this project is to show that bullying has an effect on both victims and bystanders and can spark a chain reaction throughout its community (Middle Schools); to show the impact that bullying has toward a school environment. The chain reaction we expect to find is that bullies will bully the victims, which will have an affect on the victim and that person will start bullying others for various reasons. Sources: Cafege, Adam, and Marconi Calindas. "Bullying Facts." Sonny Sunflower. Weebly, 2013. Web. 01 Dec. 2014. . Meier, Megan. "Bullying, Cyberbullying & Suicide Statistics." Megan Meier Foundation. N.p., 6 Nov. 1992. Web. 29 Nov. 2014. . "Verbal Bullying." - Bullying Statistics. N.p., 2013. Web. 01 Dec. 2014. . Fraser-Thill, Rebecca. "Information for Preteens: Are You a Bully?" Information for Preteens: Are You a Bully? About Parenting, 2014. Web. 01 Dec. 2014.


Team Members:

  Heidi Rolston
  Bella Montoya
  Miranda Gomez Nelson

Sponsoring Teacher: Karen Glennon

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