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Simulations for Real-World Challenges

March 20, 2020 at WPI

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

In 2020, students will participate in a large scale climate change simulation as well as present their own work. This combination fosters an energetic learning environment as they learn the global power of system dynamics as well as experiencing what challenges their peers are tackling.

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World Climate Simulation

Led by experienced teachers students learned about the challenges facing us today. By applying systems thinking and working in teams, students wrestle with the climate change crisis in the World Climate Simulation.

The World Climate Simulation is a role-playing exercise of the UN for climate change negotiations. 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 will use the World Climate Simulation to build climate change awareness and enable participants to experience some of the dynamics that emerge in the UN climate negotiations.

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Student Work

Past student posters were diverse in nature, including the following topics Crime in Batman Movies, Marijuana Impact on Recovery from Opioid Addiction, Inflation, and Mushroom Materials: An Eco-Friendly Styrofoam Replacement.

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

Sponsors and Participants

Boston Area Systems Thinking Educators Gathering | WPI System Dynamics Department

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