Working to develop Systems Citizens in K-12 Education
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?
Jay W. Forrester 1918-2016
More than 25 years ago Jay Forrester had a vision that the place for system dynamics understanding was in K-12 education. He actualized that vision by encouraging both John Bemis and Jim Waters to focus on his goal, thereby founding the Creative Learning Exchange and influencing the direction of the Waters Foundation.
Over the past 25 years he has been a guide for us all as we co-created our focus on helping students ages 3-18 utilize the critical thinking tools of system dynamics. It has been an exciting and exhilarating journey, with all of us, Jay included, learning together to focus on what helps students learn in the most productive way. He has been a mentor and a lodestone for our efforts. His guidance will be sorely missed for we have been graced with the presence of a titan in our midst.
We can only hope that we are capable of living his vision as we go forward. For more about Jay and his work please visit the System Dynamics Society.
DynamiQueST is a showcase of student projects that utilize critical thinking skills to analyze complex dynamic systems in a relaxed environment, free from “winner/loser” constraints.
Past student topics have included Global Warming, Deforestation of the Mekong Watershed and the Impact on Rice Crops, Nuclear Power Can Help to Reduce Air Pollution, Water Pollution and Manure Management, and The Decline of Rare Insect Species.
Please join us for this exciting student conference.
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.