SCUDEM - Student Competition Using Differential Equations Modeling


Student Competition Using
Differential Equations Modeling




SCUDEM III 2018 at Locations in the United States and Beyond

SCUDEM III 2018 opens 19 October 2018 with Competition Saturday on 27 October 2018. We are currently building the network of local host sites for SCUDEM III 2018. If you and your school wish to bring the excitement of mathematical modeling, a supportive competition for students, and a faculty development program to advance the use of modeling in differential equations coursework to your campus please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  We will work with you as a Local Site host Coordinator.  Complete details on hosting will be published here soon.  Registration for SCUDEM III 2018 will open on 1 August 2018.


SIMIODE is excited to offer a program for high school and undergraduate students: Student Competition Using Differential Equation Modeling—SCUDEM. This competition is for three member teams of students. SCUDEM takes place over a week-long period that begins on a Friday at each team’s individual home campus and culminates on Competition Saturday at the end of the next week at a nearby regional host site in the United States and beyond.

Teams work at their home institution for a week developing approaches and solutions to a modeling problem and preparing an Executive Summary and 10 minute Presentation. The problems are designed so that every team may experience success in modeling, enhance their model building skills, and increase their confidence in modeling with differential equations. Problems are drawn from the physical, social, and life sciences.

On Competition Saturday, teams travel with their faculty coach to a nearby regional host site. At check-in student teams turn in their Executive Summary for judging by coaches present as students then work on a small supplement  (NOT a redo) to their modeling problem for inclusion in their final Presentation. Faculty participate in workshops to help them incorporate more differential equations modeling in their coursework. The first part of the Faculty Development program engages students and faculty in live modeling scenarios to experience the joy of modeling and form the basis of discussions about the value of modeling in learning and teaching differential equations.

After lunch faculty discuss issues in teaching modeling while student engage in a fun MathBowl. Finally, each team presents their 10 minute Presentation, judged by an audience of coaches, faculty, and participating students. The competition culminates with an awards ceremony rounding out the day by 4:30 PM to allow time to travel home.

There is a $200 registration fee for each team participation and faculty development workshop for faculty coach. All teams must have a faculty coach. Additional students and also faculty, who are not engaged as a team, may join workshop and judging activities at no cost. All can join SIMIODE and gain from its benefits FREE.

Inaugural SCUDEM I 2017 in Newburgh, New York

We hosted SCUDEM I 2017, at  Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh NY USA, on 14 October 2017 for schools within a two hour drive of  Newburgh NY. For registered team members and coaches, problems were posted on Monday, 9 October 2017, followed by team work at home institution, with Competition Saturday on 14 October 2017. Complete details about SCUDEM I 2017, including problems used, team submissions, MathBowl, a dynamite video, and more are available here.

SCUDEM II 2018 at Various Locations in the United States and Beyond

SCUDEM II 2018 began 13 April 2018 with the release of the modeling problems for participants and culminated with Competition Saturday on 21 April 2018. Some 400 students from 86 schools and more than 111 faculty participated at 40 sites in the United States, Cameroon, and India. Complete details about SCUDEM II 2018, including problems used, team submissions, MathBowl, a soon to be published video of SCUDEM II 2018 activities, and more are available here.

SIMIODE, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in Cornwall, New York in the United States, was founded by DR Brian Winkel, Emeritus Professor of Mathematics, United States Military Academy, West Point NY USA in Spring 2013.