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DynamiQueST: Simulations for Real-World Challenges

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REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN

DynamiQueST is a showcase of the power of simulations and creative student projects that utilize critical thinking skills to analyze complex dynamic systems.

WHO WILL BE THERE?
Students (ages 12-18), teachers and parents will participate in the simulation and learn to utilize some of the tools of system dynamics and systems thinking to analyze and clearly communicate critical thinking. Coaches will be there to facilitate both the simulation and the presentation of student projects.

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.

SEE HOW systems thinking and system dynamics (ST/SD) can elucidate both global issues and curricular content.

WHAT ARE THE GOALS OF DYNAMIQUEST?

  • Experience the World Climate Simulation, based on systems thinking, and used around the world to understand the issues surrounding climate change.
  • Apply practical critical thinking tools to a real-world problem.
  • See student projects that embody critical thinking using systems thinking and system dynamics (ST/SD).
  • Showcase student work for the wider community.
  • Meet students from other communities.
  • Have some fun and celebrate with kids!

Download the 2017 DynamiQueST brochure.

SCHEDULE FOR MARCH 17, 2017

  • 9-11:30 – World Climate Simulation.
  • 11:30-12:45 – Lunch and opportunities to talk with students who use systems thinking and system dynamics tools in their work.
  • 12:45-2:45 – Debrief of World Climate Simulation using systems thinking tools to create critical thinking and practical approaches.

PROJECTS FROM OTHER YEARS
Student projects can be presented through posters, videos or other media of student choice.

Student topics have included:

  • What to Do About Avian Flu?
  • Global Water Supplies
  • Over-Fishing and the Decline of Cod Population
  • Deforestation of the Mekong Watershed and the Impact on Rice Crops
  • Urban Development of Williston, Vermont: Impact on Local Vermont Indicator Species
  • ...and many more!

Read more in the 2015 and 2016 CLE Newsletters. In 2017 DynamiQueST will focus on real-world simulations. This is a new focus and will create a powerful learning environment for all students!

WHO ARE THE COACHES?

  • Professionals well versed in analyzing complex systems using the tools and methods of ST/SD
  • Teachers who have used ST/SD in their classrooms for years.

WHAT ARE SYSTEMS THINKING AND SYSTEM DYNAMICS?
Tools of Systems Thinking
The tools of ST/SD range from graphic organizers to computer models.

  • Behavior-over-time Graphs
  • Feedback Loops
  • Diagrams and computer models of the elements of systems

The tools of systems thinking can help us comprehend complex issues and ideas.  Analyzing and understanding change helps students form successful strategies for learning and working with the challenges they meet in the world.

Why use Systems Thinking?

  • Enhances and develops habits of critical thinking
  • Provides tools for expressing and communicating ideas effectively
  • Supports the goals of the Common Core Standards and STEM initiatives
  • Fosters learner-centered learning and collaborative problem-solving
  • Creates a framework for an interdisciplinary viewpoint

HOW DO I SIGN UP?
Registration is open. Register or email the director, Lees Stuntz with any questions.

  • If your students are already using ST/SD in their work, identify project(s) to share about topics that change over time. Look at the Rubrics for Projects and Tips on Using System Dynamics Tools for guidance.
  • Check Creative Learning Exchange for information or email the director, Lees Stuntz. If you are new to learning systems thinking, get in touch with the CLE. We have both the resources and the willingness to help you get ready for DynamiQueST.
  • If you are new to working with systems and don’t have projects to share this year, just come and join us. Experience the day and mostly enjoy what students can do! If you want some background in systems thinking and system dynamics, explore our Getting Started section on the website.
  • Cost for the day: $25 per person, including lunch. Bring a full car - $100 for 5 participants!

Sponsors and Participants

Waters Foundation | Boston Area Systems Thinking Educators Gathering |
SoL Education Partnership | Peter Senge | isee systems | WPI System Dynamics Department

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