meets system dynamics
Splash is a new kind of system dynamics software for beginning learners! We’re taking what you know and love about SD, adding in a dash playful physics and stitching them together with thoughtful design.
Here’s a simple bank account model
It’s got one stock to represent the amount of Cash. Money comes into the stock in the form of Interest and Income, and it goes out as Expenses. The image illustrates the common ‘box and arrow’ representation used in most System Dynamics software.
And here’s what it looks like in Splash!
Physical containers and pipes will be used to represent the stocks and flows. Money will flow in through the Income and Interest pipes, accumulate in the Cash container and then flow out via the Expenses outlet.
What makes Splash different?
Splash has physics in its DNA. Not only will you be able to simulate liquids flowing and accumulating in the system, but you can also mess around with the physics to come up with crazy-unique models that would otherwise be impossible to build! Like this one on the carbon cycle which uses gravity-reversal to send CO2 up into the Atmosphere and back down into the Land and Sea.
Want to add two variables? Connect them with an addition operator. Want to multiply them? Drag in a multiplier. In Splash, math is as simple as that.
No convoluted menus. No complicated settings. You’ll have all that you need, just when you need it. We even took it a step further – every component you add into your Splash model will have default values, so you can get to the fun part of simulating it right away!
Splash is being made in collaboration with the remarkable folks over at the Creative Learning Exchange! We’ve completed an initial design of the software and are raring to build it for the world to use. Read through our design report to get a detailed understanding of what Splash will be like and why.
If you’d like to support this project, get in touch!