Working to develop Systems Citizens in K-12 Education
Using Simulations in the Classroom
Just over twenty years ago, I was using simulations in my middle school classroom and was inspired to write this article as a way to foster future simulation use. Today, as evidenced by this quote from a current teacher at that same school, they are still providing benefits to students.
Jane Chilcott, Retired Middle School Teacher
Simulations provide opportunities for students to experience real life situations in manageable and meaningful ways in the classroom. In addition, some of the most valuable lessons that are learned from simulations are things that may have never been anticipated by the person who developed the simulation.
Brian Bindschadler, Middle School Teacher
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?
DynamiQueST 2017: World Climate Simulation
DynamiQueST is a showcase of the power of simulations and creative student projects that utilize critical thinking skills to analyze complex dynamic systems.
JOIN US to play the World Climate Simulation created at MIT and used internationally to facilitate current world climate negotiations. No Experience Needed! Just a desire to delve deeper into real-world challenges.
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.