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Case Studies for Education and Research
 
STELLA has been used to teach subjects ranging from Environmental Science to Psychology. Check out our library of education and research case studies:
Getting Kids off the Couch and into Healthy Communities: Modeling Recreation Programs with STELLA  
   "Data shows real evidence of an obesity pandemic," says David Compton, founder of Healthy Communities Research Group. “But, there are few coordinated efforts to get and keep young people socially and physically active.” Learn how a STELLA model creates a platform for cities, counties, and districts to identify youth program innovations that impact behavioral outcomes and manage obesity over the long term.
STELLA Models Add Game-Changing Speed to River System Policy Planning  
   Steve Leitman uses a STELLA model to investigate a number of water flow issues in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint Basin watershed in the southeast U.S. The model gives stakeholders including the Army Corps of Engineers, US Fish and Wildlife Service, NGO groups, farmers, and others the information they need to collaborate efficiently on management of a critical watershed.
Systems Thinking Offers a New Approach to Agricultural Education and Research  
   When Benjamin Turner was studying agribusiness as an undergraduate, he struggled with traditional explanations of agricultural systems that assumed high levels of control. Now a PhD candidate at South Dakota State University, learn why Turner is using Systems Thinking to investigate and understand problems like range management and forage supply and demand.
University of Maine Students Experience the Global Carbon Cycle and Climate Change with STELLA  
   Karl Kreutz was grappling with the challenge of teaching his diverse students about the global carbon cycle and climate change. After being introduced to STELLA, he realized that building models would give students a deeper understanding.
Can Systems Thinking Improve Development Efforts in Sub-Saharan Africa?  
   Despite the trillions of dollars in aid that has flowed into Sub-Saharan Africa from developed nations, the region continues to battle starvation, disease, low literacy rates, high birth rates, and a host of other intractable problems. Population growth and renewable resource constraints are at the root of many interconnected development challenges. Learn how Systems Thinking and STELLA can help improve outcomes of development policies and programs.
STELLA Model Indicates Strong School Leadership is Central to Closing Achievement Gap  
   The achievement gap—the difference in academic performance between low performing students and their high performing peers—is a hot topic in education. Dr. Alan Gaynor at Boston University used STELLA to demonstrate how a typical school structure reinforces student readiness levels. Learn about the causal relationships that sustain the achievement gap and why strong school leadership is key to effective reform.
New Visions Maps Out Technology Introduction into 77 NYC Public Schools with STELLA  
   New Visions for Public Schools used STELLA to successfully roll-out new technology across 77 schools. These school communities now have widespread access to data that will help direct student achievement. Learn how Systems Thinking maps can visualize a process and help stakeholders understand the leverage points for success.
Learning about Drug Dosages with STELLA  
   The effectiveness and safety of any medication depends, in large part, on the dosage. High dosages can be fatal. Low dosages might not have any effect at all. Sara Rosenbaum at the University of Rhode Island’s School of Pharmacy, uses STELLA to help her students understand dosage levels and drug effects.
EcoFish Turns "Hands-on" Experiments into "Brains-on" Simulations  
   If you want students to truly understand how the environment impacts a fish’s ability to survive, grow, and move through its habitat, you have to show them--and that can be complicated. That's why Dr. William Neill at Texas A&M University created "EcoFish", a virtual fish that enables students to mimic the things once done in a lab with real fish.
STELLA Helps Georgia Legislators Investigate Childhood Obesity  
   Physicians, educators, and parents across the country are acknowledging the increasing incidence of childhood obesity in every state and community. Learn how STELLA is being used to investigate policy-driven ways to reduce the impact of childhood obesity on the state of Georgia.
New Insights into Freshwater Systems  
   Fifty-eight lakes in northwestern Ontario, Canada serve as the Experimental Lakes Area, a remote living laboratory where scientists have been conducting whole-ecosystem research for over 40 years. Using data they’ve been collecting over the years, scientists study various natural and man-made impacts on freshwater ecosystems.
ALCES Landscape Model Informs Land Use Policies  
   Brad Stelfox is distinguished among STELLA users. First, he’s been using STELLA for more than 20 years; since he was an undergraduate at the University of Alberta, Edmonton. Second, he’s used STELLA to build ALCES, A Landscape Cumulative Effects Simulator; one of the largest models ever in use.
Environmental Sciences  
   This case study shows how STELLA was used to understand a process where cause and effect are separated by a large amount of time: the depletion of the ozone layer.
Biology  
   Understand how STELLA was used in a major California high school to help students understand, not only the mathematics behind the Hardy-Weinberg Law, but also the processes.
Chemistry  
   This account of the teaching of chemical kinetics on an Ivy League campus shows how STELLA can be used to understand both the mechanism and time-path for a reaction.
Economics  
   This case study shows how STELLA was used to teach the basic macroeconomic model at a prestigious liberal arts college.
History  
   Understand how a historical geographer used STELLA to evaluate three theories that attempted to explain the demise of the Aztecs.
Literature  
   See how STELLA can be used to represent qualitative concepts such as passion, melancholy, and willingness in this application to Shakespeare’s Hamlet.
Mathematics  
   This case study shows how STELLA was used to teach related rates during a Calculus lesson in a Northern Virginia suburban high school.
Psychology  
   Learn how abstract concepts like emotion can be approached concretely and rigorously with the STELLA software in an Introductory Psychology course.
US-China Systems Science Learning Project  
   Students in Burlington, Vermont and Nanjing, China collaborate on complex models and apply Systems Thinking and STELLA to real-world problems.
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