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System Dynamics Apps


The CLE is pleased to announce the development of some new system dynamics apps. These simple, fun and engaging apps are ready for use on phones, tablets, or Chromebooks. They are quick to use and create excellent insight for all ages.

These apps are based on the Demo Dozen models created by Jeff Potash and John Heinbokel and developed in a collaboration among the Creative Learning Exchange, the Center for Interdisciplinary Excellence in System Dynamics, and BTN.

Want to see when it is better to invest in retirement? Is it safe to leave that sandwich out of the refrigerator? Can you create a stable population?
Learn more and download the new CLE apps.

DynamiQueST 2017

DQ Balloon

DynamiQueST is a showcase of student projects that utilize critical thinking skills to analyze complex dynamic systems in a relaxed environment, free from “winner/loser” constraints.

DynamiQueST Goals:

  • Give students the experience of being coached on their projects by experts in the systems field, teachers, and other students, in a helpful and supportive manner.
  • Permit teachers from different schools to see evidence of student work communicating critical thinking using systems thinking and system dynamics (ST/SD).
  • Provide a venue for teachers and kids to network and learn from each other.
  • Showcase student work for the wider community.
  • Have some fun and celebrate with kids!

Past student topics have included Global Warming, Deforestation of the Mekong Watershed and the Impact on Rice Crops, Nuclear Power Can Help to Reduce Air Pollution, Water Pollution and Manure Management, and The Decline of Rare Insect Species.

Please join us for this exciting student conference.

Learn more or download the 2017 DynamiQueST brochure.

Making Thinking Visible: Causal Loops

Causal loop diagrams (also known as CLDs) are used to show the feedback within a system. Feedback is shown as a circular causal relationship within the system. They are used to show and understand the interactions within a system.

In general, there are two types of loops balancing and reinforcing. In a balancing loop a change in the starting variable leads to a change in the opposite direction. In a reinforcing loop a change in the original variable causes an additional change of the same variable in the same direction. See the video for more information about these loops.

In Systems Thinking a connection circle is used to uncover the problem and then a causal loop is used to diagram it.

Lessons using Causal Loops



System Dynamics Models


Introduction to building System Dynamics Models.

More videos





Recent Newsletter Articles

Model Mysteries
An Exploration of Vampires, Zombies and Other Fantastic Scenarios to Make the World a Better Place
by Anne LaVigne and Lees Stuntz

How can zombie chickens taking over the world be similar to a growing national debt or the possible extinction of an endangered species?

How can the distribution of a new mind-control technology be similar to working toward a goal, like improving your grades?

How can vampires spreading throughout a big city be similar to the spread of a new deadly disease?

These and other explorations in the new book, Model Mysteries, are about deriving helpful answers, but the REAL point is to see how the underlying system works. As an example, if we were talking about automobiles, one set of lessons is to learn how to drive a car, but another —deeper—set of instructions is how to build and maintain an automobile. In the lessons, we look “underneath the hood” of each model.

Read more in The Exchange

Professor Chang Kwon Chung, who gave a special lecture on Hamlet at Samgaksan High School, requests students to evaluate the Shakespearean play from the perspective of ‘I am Hamlet.’

“To be or not to be… I am Hamlet”
by Hae-Hyun Park

Research professor Chang Kwon Chung at Interdisciplinary Program of EcoCreative, the Graduate School, Ewha Womans’ University, pioneered a Shakespeare’s Hamlet Modeling program. An educational program for reading Hamlet was introduced for the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death.

Participants evaluate Hamlet’s feelings from the perspective of ‘I am Hamlet’, analyzing the story which dramatized Hamlet’s revenge against the uncle who poisoned his own father. Then, they must rate each scene from Act I to Act V in order to later create a ‘revenge index of Hamlet.’

Read more in The Exchange


Download the most recent copy of The Exchange vol 25.3


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