Abstract for: Getting Started with Stella and Stella Online

Stella is the original visual environment for building and understanding System Dynamics models. In addition to Windows and Macintosh versions Stella is also available directly in modern browsers such as Chrome. In this workshop we will guide participants through the construction and understanding of models using Stella on either the desktop or the browser. We will work through the basic mechanics of setting up and using the software and then together build and analyze a simple model. Participants will learn the mechanics of using the software including constructing a diagram and connecting everything together to create a simulating model. We will explore the use of custom graphs and the use of Stella Live to gain insights into model behavior. Participants should bring their own computers or tablets. For those with Macintosh or Windows computers we will install software for use during the workshop and demonstrate moving between the online and desktop environments.