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Working to develop Systems Citizens in K-12 Education

2018 CLE Conference

CLE Conference

The Creative Learning Exchange’s biennial ST/DM conference provides a unique opportunity for educators, teachers, and administrators. At each of these conferences, world-renowned system dynamicists, systems thinkers, and educators who have been involved in this field for many years join us to share wisdom, information, curriculum, and tips on educating our students for the 21st Century. Both experienced educators and those who are new to system dynamics and systems thinking will find informative and interesting sessions and networking opportunities. Learn more...

The conference is coming together! We have exciting sessions planned for this year. Take a look at the first draft of the conference program.

Registration for the conference is open! Register now to lock in the best rates and guarantee you room at the conference. Be there when Splash! is released!

Splash! A New Way to Play

Create animated models of ecosystems. Predator and Prey dynamics? No problem with Splash! Think what fun kids will have using this new visual software to learn and integrate the powerful concepts of systems thinking to use as they they think critically about the world.

Over the years we have found that the gap between the kinesthetic and pencil and paper tools (games, behavior-over-time graphs, causal loop diagrams and connection circles) and stock/flow mapping and modeling has been hard to cross for many students and teachers. We think Splash! will help bridge the gap.

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

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

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Recent Newsletter Articles

Writing and Modeling: Using a Notebook to Learn about System Dynamics
by Timothy Joy

Taking Notes

The step from distinguishing a stock and a flow to constructing system dynamics models is awkward and many stumble, but using a notebook in this early stage can help students (and teachers) make these strides with ease and purpose. Teachers will find the guidelines for using a systems notebook as well as a long list of writing and mapping exercises that integrate the writing process with system dynamics instruction. These guidelines and exercises are especially helpful for middle and high school students who are building some early confidence in basic stock and flow mapping as well as those students ready for model building and testing.

Read more in The Exchange


Download the most recent copy of The Exchange vol 27.1

New Year's News

A generous donor has put up a $16,000 match for Splash!

As soon as we raise $16,000, the donor will complete the funding for Version 1 of our intuitive, fun App.

This January we are finishing up a simple, running demo of Splash! and will be working on making a full Version 1 over the next 4 months to have it ready for the ST/DM conference, June 30-July 2.

Help us finish up funding!

$16,000 to go!

Splash! is a creative partnership between


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