CCC4: Systems and System Models

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In this video Paul Andersen explains how systems can be used to understand phenomenon in science and create better designs in engineering.  He starts by defining the characteristics of a system and describes how system models can be used to better understand the world.  For example a system model of the water cycle can show the cycling of matter on the surface of the Earth.  He ends with a progression of instruction for a K-12 science classroom.

SEP7: Engaging in Argument from Evidence


Paul Andersen explains the importance of argumentation in improving both understanding and design.  This video begins with a discussion of the heliocentric and geocentric model of the Universe that eventually lead to the Copernican Revolution.  It highlights the importance of both informal and formal arguments.  It finishes with a discussion of the educational progression including a great question.