Complex systems are widespread and the conceptual ability to describe and examine complex-systems-related concepts is generative, supporting youth in potentially understanding a wide range of issues across domains. The BioSim project takes a two-pronged approach to providing young students (grades K-3) with the tools to begin that journey of understanding, utilizing both participatory and computer-based simulations.
BeeSim is a participatory simulation where children enact the roles of honeybees and biological systems through the assistance of electronically-enhanced e-puppets. It is designed to enhance youths’ understanding of complex systems though novel combinations of play, reflection, interaction, and exploration.
Complementing youths’ participatory simulation is the BeeSign software, which was designed to support children in learning from a