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NetLogo is a multi-agent programmable modeling environment. NetLogo is particularly well suited for modeling complex systems developing over time. Modelers can give instructions to hundreds or thousands of “agents” all operating independently. This makes it possible to explore the connection between the micro-level behavior of individuals and the macro-level patterns that emerge from the interaction of many individuals.

It lets students explore the behavior of a system under varying conditions. Thus, emergent phenomenon like natural structures – flower patterns, fractals, sand dunes, hurricanes, biological properties like signaling, neural networks, ant colonies, termite mounds, flocking of birds, social phenomenon like voting, social networks, urbanization, language change, rumors, traffic patterns, etc., can be studied extensively using this environment.

It has been authored by Uri Wilensky (Professor, Learning Sciences & Computer Science at Northwestern University, founder and current director, CCL) and developed at the programmable modeling environment CCL (Northwestern’s Center for Connected Learning and Computer-Based Modeling) for simulating natural and social phenomena.

NetLogo Models Library

NetLogo comes with a Models Library. It is a large collection of pre-written simulations that can be used and modified. It is also an authoring environment which enables students, teachers and curriculum developers to create their own models.

To access the models, use the link below and download the NetLogo environment on your system or access it online –

Here we bring to you 3 models that simulate societal phenomenon and their manifestations. The models are particularly interesting because they readily bring out visualizations of phenomenon that even though are commonplace yet are very subtle, complex and dynamic. The simulated patterns discussed, and even though apparent, are functions of a complex mix of factors which may be very crucial to critically understand how they relate to and impact our lives. This exploration, in our view, can be a total game-changer of a social science classroom. Check out the link below: