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Systems thinking education: Help to make Splash! a reality!

The new Splash! app is being developed to teach systems thinking to children (and adults) in a fun and engaging way. Your generous donation can help to make Splash a reality, and until 16 July the first $3000 in donations will be matched!

Children love water, and are natural systems thinkers. As shown in the video above, Splash! combines these ingredients into a mobile application that combines liquid simulation, visual math, and simulation-ready models to help students (and teachers) understand how systems work. It provides a space for building models, observing what happens, and reflecting on results. It empowers people to generate their own learning and to find their own solutions.

Watch the full demonstration video to see how students can construct their own models to create a new way for them to learn by playing.

Splash! is being supported by Systems Thinking World, which is also bringing you the insightful RealKM Magazine systems thinking and modeling series.

Also published on Medium.

Bruce Boyes

Bruce Boyes ( is editor, lead writer, and a director of the award-winning RealKM Magazine ( and currently also teaches in the University of NSW (UNSW) Foundation Studies program in China. He has expertise and experience in a wide range of areas including knowledge management (KM), environmental management, program and project management, writing and editing, stakeholder engagement, communications, and research. Bruce holds a Master of Environmental Management with Distinction and a Certificate of Technology (Electronics). With a demonstrated ability to identify and implement innovative solutions to social and ecological complexity, Bruce's many career highlights include establishing RealKM Magazine as an award-winning resource for knowledge managers, using agile and knowledge management approaches to oversee the implementation of an award-winning $77.4 million river recovery program in western Sydney on time and under budget, leading a knowledge strategy process for Australia's 56 natural resource management (NRM) regional organisations, pioneering collaborative learning and governance approaches to support communities to sustainably manage landscapes and catchments, and initiating and teaching two new knowledge management subjects at Shanxi University in China.

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