ECO1.5 Return of the Swamp Thing

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Help Illa find a solution to her flemstool problem by simulating her possible plans and finding out which one will result in a stable increased flemstool population.


This quest builds on the previous one by not only using the simulation to make a prediction, but using it in order to try to solve a problem with the ecosystem. Players will have to change the initial conditions in order to find a way to keep a certain population (schloggens) from dying out. Continue to emphasize to players the different uses of models and simulations.

Players are given suggestions as to what might solve the ecosystem problem, but they will need to try out the different options.

Learning Objectives: 
  • Use a simulation to propose ecosystem changes
Connecting Questions: 
  1. What solutions did you find in order to maintain a balance in the ecosystem? Did you get the solution on the first try or did you have to try a few different possibilities? Try to get the students talking about different approaches.
  2. Why was the Eco Globe simulation useful in this case?
  3. Can you think of other situations in which a simulation like this would be helpful?
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