New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge

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Team: 56

School: Jackson Middle School

Area of Science: Environmental Science

Interim: DEFINITION Ecosystems are very delicate systems. They always change , because there are so many variables. Rain is one such variable, too little effects plant growth a natural resource and too much also effects plant growth.Due to the shortage of rain it’s hard for bears to find natural resources as in food to eat. Environmental Science is concerned with the relationships between the organisms and their environments. We will be looking at thee relationships between black bears eating berries and what would happen to the fish population. PLAN Our plan is to create an ecosystem similar to a real life habitat that shows how animals affect other animals in the same ecosystem. In our project we will look at how black bears affect the population of the fish. We want to model black bears in their habitat and show what will happen to the fish population. PROGRESS We have created a scenario were the bear will eat berries and there will end up to be more fish alive because of the fish re-production . We have researched factual evidence about a bears’ ecosystem and their behavior. We have started our programming in NetLogo. OUTCOME The outcome we hope to get is that our program will determine what kind of effect a black bears’ death will have on the fish population and that we can do if it happens in real life. We hope that our program is successful in meeting our goal. We hope our project can be useful for future problems that are similar to our project. "Black Bear Fact Sheet." Defenders of wildlife. N.p.. Web. 25 Nov 2013. Rogers, Lynn. "Quick Black Bear Facts." North American Bear Center. N.p., 3 feburary 2002. Web. 25 Nov 2013. "Berries-a Critical Food." North American Bear Center. N.p.. Web. 25 Nov 2013. North American Bear Center, . N.p.. Web. 9 Dec 2013. . Bear Watch Web. 9 Dec 2013. .

Team Members:

  Hannah Montoya
  Katrina Keller

Sponsoring Teacher: Karen Glennon

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