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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...

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

What’s App?
A Series of Free Mini-Lessons to Accompany Four Free Apps

by Anne LaVigne

'I' in Inflation

Some years ago, John Heinbokel and Jeff Potash, two university professors with an interest in teaching key systems dynamics concepts to a wider audience, identified key patterns of behavior that repeated across contexts. They developed a set of simulations that illustrate these contexts and behaviors, so people could explore, ask questions, and look for leverage. Their work became known as the Demo Dozen. With advancing technologies, the simulations needed a facelift...

Read more in The Exchange

“Any fool can know. The point is to understand.” -Albert Einstein

Will you join us to provide a tool to students to increase understanding?

Splash! A Free, Mobile App With A New Way ToThink About How Things Work

Kids love to play and figure out how things work. They explore their world and create ways to share their understanding wherever they are. These kids create drawings to show how the health of the school’s garden can grow and decline over time.

Such drawings are useful, yet they are static, unable to move and actually change over time. How can we create a new way for kids to play and think—an engaging space where they can explore, create and test their ideas within a moving playground?

Read more in The Exchange or visit the Splash! page.


Download the most recent copy of The Exchange vol 26.4

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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