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2022 Summer School Introductory Course

Held prior to the conference, the System Dynamics Summer School provides a unique opportunity to learn (or review) the basics of System Dynamics and get exposed to real-world applications of the method.

For more information, please visit the Summer School page.

WPI System Dynamics Welcome (Back) Session

In this Collective Learning Meeting (CLM), WPI System Dynamics will host a

Welcome (Back) Session

This is also a Peer Tutoring Session. Peer Tutoring Sessions are open sessions where attendees network and discuss systems and simulation.

Please come to this CLM if you have questions about:

  • Modeling and Analysis
  • Research/Writing/Publishing
  • Etc.

Or if you want to help others who may have questions.

We will not record this session but will take notes and share them. You can view the frequently asked questions (FAQ) and more on our website.

Call-in details: https://bit.ly/CLM-2022-01-07

 

Systems Thinking for Pre-College Education

 

Pre-College SIG Seminar Series consists of periodic online meetings on K-12 education to the Systems Thinking and System Dynamics communities. These virtual activities cover a wide range of topics on K-12 education from many subjects while bringing together academics, teachers, and students together for learning and lively discussion. Our seminars aim to promote and improve skills to effectively apply systems thinking and dynamic computer simulation to K-12 education. 

All seminars and recordings are free for both members and the general public.

 

“Pre-schoolers as Systems Thinkers: Testing the Water”

This study aims to cement the link between systems thinking (ST) and education for sustainability by presenting an example of systems education for young children. A learning framework was designed by developing a systems education guidebook focused on water and a learning framework based on the guidebook. The study was implemented over the course of four weeks with 32 children aged 5-6 in a pre-school in Turkey. To measure the outcomes, two ST assessment instruments (a shared reading and a concept mapping activity with interview protocols) were created. The children were pre-tested and post-tested with the assessment instruments using a mixed-method approach. The results revealed a significant development in the ST skills of the children. Children were more able to define system elements related to water and came to see invisible elements as parts of the system. The learning framework established high-quality causal relations between system elements related to water.

Şebnem Feriver earned her Ph.D. in early childhood education from Middle East Technical University. She has been working as a project manager, senior trainer, and advocacy expert for various national and international social development projects. Her research interests are systems thinking, transformative learning, teacher education, and early childhood education for sustainability.

 “Understanding Composting with Systems Thinking”

In this presentation, examples will be given of learning activities compatible with the Ministry of National Education (MONE) in Turkey and International Baccalaureate (IB)  programs that seek to encourage a systems thinking approach and to develop a new way of understanding for primary years students(6-10 ages). For this activity, behavior over time graphs, stock-flow diagrams and ladders of inference were developed and used as systems thinking tools. During the activity, it was observed that the children were capable of viewing events with the tools provided, understanding these tools, and using them to engage with the subject matter. As a result, they were found to respond more clearly to the questions contained in the International Baccalaureate inquiry program and to be enthusiastic about taking action as individuals.

Özgün Çetinkaya earned her Master’s Degree from Dokuz Eylul University in Izmir, Turkey on Primary School Teaching. She worked as a Primary Years Program (PYP) Class Teacher for 6 years in Işıkkent Primary School. She is preparing to start a Ph.D. program and her research interest is Systems Thinking Approach in primary years.

“Teaching ‘Energy Conservation’ and ‘Household Waste’ with Systems Thinking Approach”

In 2020-2021 school year, systems thinking based on system dynamics approach and tools (behavior over time graphs and stock-flow diagrams) were introduced in Darüşşafaka Middle School in Turkey. The aim of this prototyping project was to develop and apply activities compatible with outcomes of the Ministry of National Education in Turkey (MONE). In the long term, with tried and tested activities, it will be possible to offer MoNE to include systems thinking in the curriculum of education in Turkey. After training of voluntary science and math teachers on basic systems thinking concepts using Stella Online thru the summer of 2020, topics from the national education curriculum were selected and activities were developed for 6th, 7th and 8th grade. A similar approach is used for selecting students and delivering lessons. In this presentation 2 of these activities will be presented: Energy Conservation and Household Waste. We think these two activities are good examples for an introduction to systems thinking with simple numerical models.

Sena Yıldız Değirmenci earned her Master’s Degree from the University of Oulu, Finland on Learning, Education, and Technology. With a physics teacher background, she worked as a science teacher in Darüşşafaka Middle School. As a teacher and learning specialist, her research interests are systems thinking and learning through technology.
Görkem Girgin completed his undergraduate studies in physics at Istanbul University. He has been a science teacher at Darüşşafaka Middle School for six years. He has been working on Systems Thinking at school for two years.

 

 

 

WPI System Dynamics Peer Tutoring Session

In this Collective Learning Meeting (CLM), WPI System Dynamics will host a

Peer Tutoring Session

Please come to this CLM if you have questions about:

  • Modeling and Analysis
  • Research/Writing/Publishing
  • Etc.

Or if you want to help others who may have questions.

We will not record this session but will take notes and share them.

Call-in details: https://bit.ly/CLM-2021-12-03

Urmila Mallick on “Transforming a Liability into an Asset: A System Dynamics Model for Free-Ranging Dog Population Management”

In this Collective Learning Meeting (CLM), WPI System Dynamics hosts Urmila Mallick (urmila.mallick@yale.edu) who will present:

Transforming a Liability into an Asset:
A System Dynamics Model for Free-Ranging Dog Population Management

Short Description: This presentation will discuss a customizable system dynamics model that was developed to propose a novel intervention for Indian free-ranging dogs (FRD), a population that tends to resist conventional management strategies. We intend to improve our model to better subsume population dynamics, funding avenues, and innovative strategies to maintain FRD welfare, provide societal benefits, and compare intervention costs.

 

Questions for the Audience:

1) I am interested to know how time-lags can be improved in the model, especially when interventions are applied and the effects must pass through multiple modules.
2) How can we additionally include modules on human awareness and other non-numerical variables that change with FRD population management?
3) How can we improve, change, or add to the parameters in the model to make it more realistic for users?

 

Biography: Urmila Basu Mallick is a 2021 graduate of Worcester Polytechnic Institute with majors in Biology/Biotechnology and Environmental/Sustainability Studies and a minor in Social Entrepreneurship. She has been an REU student and visiting undergraduate affiliated with Harvard University since 2020, where her research in Dr. Colleen Cavanaugh’s lab involved metagenomics and metatranscriptomics of the human oral microbiome. She received the Women’s Young Investigator Fellowship to present her undergraduate research on Indian stray dog management, conducted under the guidance of Dr. Marja Bakermans and Dr. Khalid Saeed, at the 2020 Society for Conservation Biology- North American Congress. Urmila was awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship in 2021 and joined Yale University’s Masters in Environmental Science program at the School of the Environment this fall. She is currently studying the effects of wildlife and livestock on soil carbon storage in Botswana, under the guidance of Dr. Oswald Schmitz.

We will record this presentation and post to the WPI System Dynamics Club YouTube Channel.

Call-in Details: https://bit.ly/CLM-2021-11-19

WPI System Dynamics Peer Tutoring Session

In this Collective Learning Meeting (CLM), WPI System Dynamics will host a

Peer Tutoring Session

Please come to this CLM if you have questions about:

  • Modeling and Analysis
  • Research/Writing/Publishing
  • Etc.

Or if you want to help others who may have questions.

We will not record this session but will take notes and share them.

Call-in details: https://bit.ly/CLM-2021-11-05

WPI System Dynamics Peer Tutoring Session

In this Collective Learning Meeting (CLM), WPI System Dynamics will host a

Peer Tutoring Session

Please come to this CLM if you have questions about:

  • Modeling and Analysis
  • Research/Writing/Publishing
  • Etc.

Or if you want to help others who may have questions.

We will not record this session but will take notes and share them.

Call-in details: https://bit.ly/CLM-2021-10-01

Ivan Taylor presents “SDS One-on-One Mentorship Program”

In this Collective Learning Meeting (CLM), WPI System Dynamics hosts Ivan Taylor (ivan@policydynamics.ca) who will present:

SDS One-on-One Mentorship Program

Short Description: Discuss the benefits of the SDS Mentorship program. How it works and how to join as a mentor or as a mentee.

Questions for the Audience: Would they find the one-on-one mentorship program usual to them in reaching their goals in SD?

Biography: www.policydynamics.ca

We will record this presentation and post to the WPI System Dynamics Club YouTube Channel.

Call-in Details: https://bit.ly/CLM-2021-09-17

WPI System Dynamics Welcomes You (Back)!

In the first Collective Learning Meeting (CLM) of the 2021-2022 academic year, WPI System Dynamics will host a

Welcome (Back) Session

Short Description: In this discussion and networking session, we will have a round of introductions, discuss the purpose of the CLMs, reflect on the 2021 International System Dynamics Conference, and then open up the session to any topic.

We will not record this session.

Call-in details: https://bit.ly/CLM-2021-09-03