Abstract for: Getting Started with Stella

In this hands-on workshop attendees will be introduced to the concepts and mechanics of using Stella to build and analyze System Dynamics models. Participants will be guided through the construction of a small diffusion model, including the creation of graphs and tables and the exploration of behavior using Stella Live and Loops that Matter. The workshop will balance conceptual and mechanical learning and provide an overview of how skills can be further developed. It is appropriate for people who have not used Stella before, as well as those who have not seen the modern Stella software. Participants should bring their own computers (Windows or Macintosh), and we will provide software for using during the workshop. Alternatively, participants may use Stella Online at https://exchange.iseesystems.com.