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Working to develop Systems Citizens in K-12 Education

CLE Micro-lessons

The CLE is creating short, micro-lessons that are easily accessible for students of all ages. Each lesson distills key concepts and helps encourage the use of systems thinking to solve problems.

Beyond the In and Out Game (Splash!)

Let it Snow (Splash!)

Making Thinking Visible (Videos)

Thinking about Energy Drinks (adapted from Model Mysteries)

Systems Thinking about Infections

Infection Game

Infection Game
from the Shape of Change

As we deal with a world-wide pandemic, there are many ways to help our students cope. One of them is just talking about what is going on, how they are feeling, the practicalities of their lives in a quarantine situation, and how to think about infections from a 10,000 foot perspective (meta-cognition.) Another is figuring out what useful enrichment activities would be helpful and fun.

This simulation, especially for younger students, is a start in meta-cognitive understanding. This CLE simulation and others are available on the isee Exchange - a great resource for accessible simulations.

COVID-19 Modeling

Local COVID Model

COVID seems to be an on-going and persistent issue that has a lifecycle far longer than anyone thought when it emerged on the scene. An interesting initiative was started by Maurice Glucksman and Kim Warren in the UK. They created a contest for students to look at the spread of COVID within their localized areas. They created a system dynamics model and on-line courses for students to learn and utilize the model without needing to learn sophisticated modeling skills.

These courses and articles are available at The COVID-19 Localization Modelling Group.

Activities for Kids at Home

At Home Activities

Resources that may be of interest to students who are on home-stays:

  • Splash! - a simulation app for hand-held devices. Fun to play with and helpful for learning to create little, simple models. A guide called SplashCards is available for purchase from the CLE website.
  • Making Thinking Visible Videos - short videos demonstrating the building blocks of systems thinking.
  • Model Mysteries - An Exploration of Vampires, Zombies, and Other Fantastic Scenarios to Make the World a Better Place. Available to purchase in book format or downloadable.

 

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Splash!

 


Splash! A New Kind of System Dynamics Software

More videos

 

 

 

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