Working to develop Systems Citizens in K-12 Education
Living Lands - Forest and Town
Fuel load is building. Fires are burning. What can we do about it? What if you are managing a town? Or a forest? This lesson with multi-user simulation explores the management of a national forest and its surrounding towns.
Student teams make decisions for a local town or for the surrounding forest that has a large level of accumulated fuel. The decisions of individual teams impact all other teams. Damage from potentially catastrophic fires looms, and students must try to manage the situation to protect the area, both now and into the future.
Connecting Past, Present, and Future
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.
Offered Spring 2016: Core hands-on course on system dynamics modeling - SD551: Modeling and Experimental Analysis of Complex Problems.
This course focuses on addressing complex problems using system dynamics modeling. Students are coached to develop models and to design, carry out and interpret simulation experiments.
Limited tuition scholarships are available on a need basis, especially for K-12 educators. Contact Professor Khalid Saeed with any questions about course requirements. Contact Diane Poirier for assistance with enrollment.