Learning About Systems:
Computer animations and simulations are another highly effective way for people of all ages to learn how living systems work. By interacting with these computer animations, we’re given an unusual opportunity to become students of our own behaviors. Are we acting systemically? Are we considering unintended consequences? What if the amount of CO2 emissions continues to grow? With the help of a simulation, we can see more of the whole system.
In collaboration with SEED, I've authored content for several systems-related animations, including:
The Climate Challenge
Using a simulated bathtub, this animation helps us to explore the dynamics of climate change.
Stock and Flow
By controlling the level of water in a bathtub, we can learn how “stock and flow” structures work.
Foresters and Lumberjacks
By simulating a small fir-tree forest, we explore the relationship between the number (the stock) and how fast the trees are cut down or replenished (the rates).
Feedback, Feedback, Feedback
In this animation, we explore feedback (closed loops of cause and effect) as a speaker’s voice travels from microphone to loudspeaker back through microphone.