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DynamiQueST: Simulations for Real-World Challenges

DynamiQueST 2018: March 16 at WPI



DynamiQueST was 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.

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Student Work

The students from seven schools ranged in age from 10-18. Their project posters were diverse in nature, including topics from Crime in Batman Movies to Marijuana Impact on Recovery from Opioid Addiction; from Slavery to Mushroom Materials: An Eco-Friendly Styrofoam Replacement.

With these presentations and posters, students learned from each other and experienced the challenges that their peers where tackling. This cross-school interaction fosters the growth of systems thinking in K-12 education.

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World Climate Simulation

New this year, students experienced the power of a large simulation. Led by experts from Climate Interactive, students learned about the challenges facing us today. By applying systems thinking and working as a group, students tackled the climate change crisis in the World Climate Simulation.

The World Climate Simulation is a role playing exercise of the UN climate change negotiations for groups. It is unique in that it uses an interactive computer model to rapidly analyze the results of the mock-negotiations during the event. At DynamiQueST, we used the World Climate Simulation to build climate change awareness and enable people to experience some of the dynamics that emerge in the UN climate negotiations.

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Sponsors and Participants

Boston Area Systems Thinking Educators Gathering | WPI System Dynamics Department

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