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POPULATION DYNAMICS: Connecting Past, Present, and Future
A Four-Part Curriculum by Jeff Potash & Jennifer Andersen

The four simulations of the Population Dynamics series have been designed to supplement existing high school history curricula and be largely self-directed by students outside of class time. They introduce students to systems tools (behavior-over-time graphs, stock/flow maps, models/ simulations) along with primary and secondary historical resources.

This combination of tools allows students to reconstruct patterns of change in the past, based on structural relationships that persist today. Each of the four simulations examines an important period of development in American history.

Explore the series (lessons and simulations)

 

It really does take a village!

We are excited to announce a new partner in our collective efforts to develop systems citizens. PBS Learning Media, with support from the Kendada Foundation, has launched a pilot Systems Literacy collection. The online collection is designed to support the development of systems literacy awareness and skills in K-12 students and teachers.

Aligned with Next Generation Science standards, the collection includes six, re-purposed PBS media resources covering a wide range of topics, from Westward Expansion to soil health, to climate science, etc. In addition, there will be two introductory videos by systems educator, Linda Booth Sweeney, with learning modules designed for teachers and high school students.

Explore the collection.

DynamiQueST: A showcase of student projects


May 29, 2015
9 am-3 pm
Salisbury Labs
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Worcester, Massachusetts

DynamiQueST

 

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

Students ages 8-18 will present their work using their ability to analyze and to clearly communicate critical thinking using the tools and methods of systems thinking and system dynamics.

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Behind Closed Gates: A Prison Simulation

This simulation is loosely based on an experiment that was conducted at Stanford University in 1971. Phillip Zimbardo wanted to see how typical people would act if they were asked to take on roles of prisoners and prison guards for a two-week period. The experiment was stopped after only six days because of escalating, abusive behavior of the guards and concerns about the well-being of the prisoners.

In the simulation, students take on the role of a social scientist, trying to understand how a similar situation (with guards having complete control over prisoners) can create specific human responses, such as fear, repression, and resistance. They can then compare this situation to a host of other similar situations, fictional or real. Try the simulation.

 

Video

A Systems Story

 


A short introduction to key systems thinking concepts.

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POPULATION DYNAMICS
Connecting Past, Present, and Future

A Four-Part Curriculum by Jeff Potash & Jennifer Andersen

The four simulations of the Population Dynamics series have been designed to supplement existing high school history curricula and be largely self-directed by students outside of class time. They are intended to introduce students to a variety of systems tools (behavior-over-time graphs, stock/flow maps, models/ simulations) along with primary and secondary historical resources. This combination of tools offers students opportunities to reconstruct patterns of change in the past, based on structural relationships that continue to exist and influence the present and future. Each of the four simulations examines an important period of development in American history.

Read more in The Exchange...

 

More articles at the CLE by Jeff Potash

Darkow Biology Models and Simulations

In 2012 Jon Darkow received an educator’s scholarship from the Creative Learning Exchange to attend the Systems Thinking and Dynamic Modeling Conference in Wellesley, MA. Since that time he has been creating system dynamic models for his AP Biology, Anatomy and Physiology, and Biology students to investigate biological systems. Inquiry and investigation of cause and effect relationships are central goals for science education, but designing laboratory experiences that expose students to complex biological concepts can be unattainable. To circumvent this challenge of providing students with openinquiry and rigorous content, Jon Darkow has designed many virtual laboratory simulations.

Read more in The Exchange...

 

 

Download The Exchange vol 24.1

 

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