Simulation-based engineering and science (SBES) is increasingly important in accelerating research and development because of the analytical power and cost effectiveness of computer simulation. Advanced simulation tools based on solving basic equations in physics, such as the Navier-Stokes equation for modeling fluid dynamics, are routinely used to tackle complex science and engineering problems and to search for optimal solutions in many engineering practices, ranging from microelectromechanical devices to Mars rovers. SBES has become an indispensable part of science and technology.
SBES, however, has virtually no place in the current science or engineering curricula at the secondary level. Nor is there an agenda to introduce it, to the best of our knowledge. Despite the fact that modern simulation tools can run on an ordinary computer and be used without having to know how the computational engine actually works, it is still commonly thought that SBES mandates advanced mathematics and science, uses abstruse jargon, requires monstrous supercomputers, works only through the esoteric command line, and cannot be possibly taught or used at secondary level. As a result, most pre-college students are not exposed to this modern research methodology and are deprived of an opportunity to develop interest in it earlier in their education.
In 2009, Dr. Charles Xie wrote a proposal "Enhancing Engineering Education with Computational Thinking" to the National Science Foundation to address this problem. The proposal was awarded, which allowed the Energy2D software you see today to be developed. To date, Energy2D has been used by tens of thousands of students worldwide, ranging from middle schools to top-notch universities.
Attribution & Acknowledgement
Energy2D was created from scratch and is being actively developed by Dr. Charles Xie, a physicist working at the Concord Consortium based in Concord, Massachusetts, USA. The National Science Foundation of the United States provides funding to make this possible through two grants (#1124281 and #0918449). Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this website are, however, those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.
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