**PINK SHIRTS**

**Team:** 1

**School:** CAPSHAW MID

**Area of Science:** Social Science

**Abstract:** What initial percentage of a
population is necessary to spread a fashion trend to the entire middle school
population?

Name: Team Capshaw

Area of Science: Immunization

Project Title: Pink Shirts

In our super computer class we are modeling the spread of fashion trends in a middle
school population. This model will show
how a change in the initial percentage of a trend color changes the speed of
the spread of that color trend to other students. This would be a good computer experiment
because it allows students to manipulate the initial percentage of a
population, imitates the real-world school environment in changing the speed of
movement of students depending on the location of students, requires students
to calculate averages, and has several possible extensions for students to
practice programming. We intend to learn
how changing the initial population of a trend color affects the spread of that
color to others. In this project, we
will research how many students in an average population tend to refuse to
conform to dress code rules, and we will observe and collect data. We will
model the spread of a trend by performing trials, averaging the results, and
graphing our averages. Other
variables/extensions of this project will allow students to change other
factors in the spread of the trend, such a setting all initial percentages of
color, changing speed of the tested color agents, or
changing the environment (advertising) to affect the spread of the trend. To model our project we will use a computer
program to test and calculate the average time it takes to spread a trend,
given a set initial percentage of students following the trend.

Team Members

- Susan Gibbs
- Theresa Anaya Burney
- Makoena Monese
- Peter Colehour
- Thansewi Martinez