The first three students featured on this page presented their models in a parallel session at the International System Dynamics Conference held in Albuquerque, New Mexico in July 2009. The standing-room-only audience was impressed with the level of understanding displayed in the presentations and in each student’s ability to answer audience questions about the topic they studied. Later the same day these three students, and a fourth student, Henry Li, age 15, (see student projects page) presented posters of their work.
Students whose ages range from 14 to 18 are capable of understanding a great deal about the complexity inherent in many of the serious problems that face the leaders of our country. They can demonstrate that understanding by researching, building, and explaining a model of a systemic problem that is of interest to them. They focus on feedback analysis and trying to uncover the structure within the system (endogenous behavior) that causes the problematic behavior.