Award-Winning Project GUTS (Growing Up Thinking Scientifically)

  • Welcome
  • Attendee Information
  • Additional Attendees
  • Registration Record
Welcomearrow pointing to the right Attendee Informationarrow pointing to the right Additional Attendeesarrow pointing to the right Registration Record

Award-Winning Project GUTS (Growing Up Thinking Scientifically)

Monday 07/17/2017 - Friday 07/21/2017

Class meets at the University of California, San Diego, 9500 Gilman Dr.
from 8:30 am - 3:00 pm.

New Registration   Modify Registration

Course Description

Are you ready to learn how to use code to solve problems in science? In this course, you will learn simple drag and drop block coding through StarLogo Nova, a web-based software program, and pair programming to first understand coding basics and then apply those skills to understand science concepts, earth science, life science, and physical science!


What is Project GUTS?

Condensed into one week by highlighting the key elements of the curriculum, Project GUTS: “Growing Up Thinking Scientifically”, is normally a yearlong science, technology, math and engineering (STEM) program for middle school students. Project GUTS was designed for students from all different backgrounds to engage in scientific inquiry by investigating topics of interest to their local communities through the lens of complex systems.


What can students do as part of Project GUTS?

Project GUTS gives you the opportunity to conduct scientific research right in your school and around your community. You will learn to use technology to explore real-world problems and analyze them with scientific tools. Later, you will have a chance to share your experiments and findings to advise local decision-makers and inform fellow students.


You can make science your mission. Project GUTS helps you explore careers in science, technology, and engineering and propels you along a path to success by developing your computer skills, and giving you access to the very latest technology.


What do we mean by “Growing Up Thinking Scientifically”?

Growing up thinking scientifically means learning to look at the world and ask questions, develop answers to the questions through scientific inquiry, and use critical thinking to assess which ideas are reasonable and which are not. One who grows up thinking scientifically sees science as a dynamic creative endeavor, a way of thinking, rather than a body of facts.


What will students learn this week?

What do students learn in Project GUTS?
At the beginning of the program, students get an in-depth look at complex systems, models and simulation, and learn to create computer models from scratch. Students engage in problem solving and mathematical thinking. The workshop will offer a variety of activities to appeal to different kinds of learners: computer modeling, participatory simulations, data collection and research. Subsequently, students investigate a problem, gather data, and run experiments on their computer models to better understand the problem being studied. Students are assisted by Project GUTS instructor, a UCSD undergraduate student and high school volunteer mentors in customizing existing models to reflect local conditions. At the end of the week, students present their work, compare their models, and share their findings.

Course fee: $265.00.

Registration is open until course is filled. Space is limited.

If you have any questions regarding this workshop or the application process, please contact Ange Mason via phone at (858) 534-5064 or email at

Spaces remaining: 4 including 3 wait list spots

Event management software by etouches