Abstract for: System Dynamics in the Sustainable Systems High School Elective, Seattle WA

Systems thinking and modeling are integral parts of the Sustainable Systems Electives taught to high school seniors at Seattle Academy. This presentation will explain the over-arching goal of increasing student historicity, or the ability to intervene in one’s existence, and will connect that goal to a list of objectives achieved by the systems thinking part of the curriculum. Introductory models and how they are used in class will be illustrated, along with a class-built model of intervening for sustainable development. The final portion of the presentation will be a video of a student explaining how System Dynamics modeling played a major role in her post-graduation life. Presentation will be Power-point, including links to functioning models, and video.