green bar
logoheader center
spacer spacer Home
Working to develop Systems Citizens in K-12 Education

Thinking about Infections

Infection Game

As we deal with a world-wide epidemic of a novel virus, 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 of a large and scary topic. Sensitivity in introducing something like this is needed, but may actually give some students a way of handling their upside-down world. This short lesson is taken from the Shape of Change, (The Infection Game). This CLE simulation and others are available on the isee Exchange - a great resource for accessible simulations. A simulator for COVID-19 is currently available on isee.

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.
  • Micro-lessons - Short lessons focused on encouraging students (of all ages) to use systems thinking to solve problems.

DynamiQueST 2020

DynamiQueST 2020

DynamiQueST is one of the multitude of events which has been cancelled in order to help stem the spread of the virus. We again thank the System Dynamics Group at WPI for their willingness to sponsor this student event and look forward to the next time we can schedule it in the future.
Learn more...

Model Mysteries:Energy Drink Mania

Energy Drinks Image

A MicroLesson adapted from Model Mysteries

by Anne LaVigne and Lees Stuntz

Energy drinks can be a quick way for people to increase alertness and energy in the short term, e.g., to study for a test or to complete a long, endurance drive. Caffeine in these drinks can also stay in the body for longer than you might think. Explore how different choices affect caffeine levels in the body over a 24 hour period!

Model » Lesson »

A new version of Splash! Version 1.6!

Splash! is a simple modeling software that’s designed with beginners in mind – something that students might use to learn system dynamics.

The same exciting functionality of v1.5 with a more stable design and a friendlier user experience! Download a new copy today.

Splash! is a creative partnership between the CLE and BTN. Learn more about Splash!.

Get it on Google Play Get it at the Apple App Store

Model Mysteries

Model Mysteries Book Cover

An Exploration of Vampires, Zombies, and Other Fantastic Scenarios to Make the World a Better Place

by Anne LaVigne and Lees Stuntz

If you’re interested in thinking about how to solve mysteries and like the idea of creating computer models and applying them to real-world problems, this book is for you. You can use it independently as a student, work with a group of students, or if you’re a teacher, share it with interested students to complete a guided or independent study.

Learn more, get the book, and some extensions (including some models with Stella Online!) at the Model Mysteries page.





Splash! A New Kind of System Dynamics Software

More videos



Recent Newsletter Articles

CLExchange Change

Our first newsletter was the summer of 1992 and over the years we have seen dwindling interest in hard-copy. That fact, plus the cost effectiveness of creating a hard copy newsletter, has led us to going to an all digital format.We are still committed to communicating with all of you and sharing the good things that are going on using ST/SD in K-12 education.

Welcome to the new CLExchange!


View the most recent copy of The Exchange vol 29.2


Home | Contact

The Creative Learning Exchange, 27 Central St., Acton, MA, 01720, (978) 635-9797. Comments/Questions?