Sage can be used as a tool to investigate mathematical models at many levels. There are pros and cons to this:
The key is to decide first what your educational goals are. In the worksheets available for you to try in this session, I have three approaches that were decided upon based upon the "learning outcomes" -- accreditation buzzword! -- for the class.
Links to the PDFs: http://mathsci2.appstate.edu/~hph/SageMath/
This worksheet is designed for a class with middle grades math teachers, and the goal is to have them become familiar with applications of algebra. The specific goal of this worksheet:
I don't want Sage to be the focus of the discussion.
The goal with this worksheet is to provide a template that the teachers can use to solve other linear programming problems through editing the existing worksheet. I have kept the use of Sage to a minimum.
This worksheet is designed for a class with in-service secondary teachers who have a background in linear algebra and probability, and the goal is two-fold:
Once again, becoming highly proficient in Sage is not the point.
This worksheet is designed for sophomore/junior level modeling, and as a "cheat sheet" for a few simple solution procedures. The main text is in the pdf handout, along with the commands. I would normally NOT provide the worksheet, but would have them copy and paste the sage commands into the worksheet from the PDF.
The goal here is to have students learn to set up ODEs, and interpret output. We do not emphasize solution techniques in this course.