Working to develop Systems Citizens in K-12 Education
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.
Already downloaded the book? See what the next steps are (including some models with Stella Online!) at the Model Mysteries page.
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. The day-long event at WPI was a success, with a variety of student projects, lively conversation and learning.
Students participated in a large scale climate change simulation as well as presented their own work. This combination fostered an energetic learning environment as they learned the global power of system dynamics as well as experiencing what challenges their peers where tackling.Learn more