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Systems & Models

Org. Systems and Models Milestone #4

March 13, 2012, by

For Org. Systems and Models, we created a final lesson plan that covers the course, integrates and explains units 1, 2 and 3. This is relevant to the world because it gave us all an opportunity to expand on our leadership, organizational, presentation, and communication skills. This aligns with the United Nations Millenium Development Goal for education, because we are all learning what it takes to create a solid lesson, and make it transcend and speak to our fellow students. We are doing this by using our creativity, and we’ve been given the opportunity to put a piece of ourselves in this lesson plan.


Lesson Plan on Systems

March 13, 2012, by

For Organizational Systems and Models, we created a final lesson plan that covers unit 1, 2 and 3. We presented this lesson to our class to explain our interpretation of systems and models. I wanted to explain what we learned in class through sudoku. Sudoku is a number-placement system so it can be considered a system of numbers. The game is meant to be solved using logic so it ties in what we learned in unit 2 about problem solving. I had the class solve a sudoku puzzle as a group. Solving the puzzle represented how teamwork completes a system. Everyone’s input was needed to complete the puzzle. Below is the presentation I made to explain sudoku to the class.

O.S.M. Lesson Plan

March 12, 2012, by

In organizational systems and models, we learned about how parts work together to make up a whole. I have learned many new things about the systems in which I think, act, and live in. I have learned that systems are all around me in everything I interact with and do. For my final project in this class, I have taken everything I’ve learned and found a purpose of it, in which I presented in a lesson plan. Below presents a slideshow of my lesson plan.


NASA Robotics

March 7, 2012, by

Our Organizational Systems and Models class built a robot for the FIRST robotics competition in 2012. We used systems and models to build a robot for our goal. While we were building the robot, we were also thinking about how we can provide solutions with one of 8 Millnenuim Development Goals. Robots could help make our environment sustainable. They could work in the offices and transport food with cleaner energy instead of using oil for cars.

Describe your experiences with the NASA robot project: While working on the project, I helped build the robot’s body and came up with different ideas. Even though I had  never built a robot before, working with peers helped me learn many life lessons like leadership and team work.


What did you learn? What did you learn about yourself?                          Building, creating and learning new thing is one of my favorite activities. I learned about how to team work and how to share ideas. Sometime while we were building the robot, I just want to give up because we had no tools or materials. So I learned myself how to be patient and not to give up easily.

What was the greatest challenge?                                                                                       The greatest challenge was to figure out what is our next steps because we did not have any plans how we were going to build. This was difficult because this was our first year building the robot.

What could you have done differently?                                                                         I could have check how people built a robot on “Youtube” and get some ideas. I could have thought more carefully before I build something, so I did not have to rebuild it.

What did you enjoy the most?                                                                                              I enjoyed building the robot and working with peers. I enjoyed fixing my problems.

Org. Systems and Models NASA Milestone

March 7, 2012, by

 Please take a moment to view my video!

For my Org. Systems and Models class, we built a NASA-funded robot to develop a better understanding of systems and models, how parts fit in to a whole, and why we use models to understand larger and more complex systems. Robot technology inspires systems and models because the system itself has so many components, and without a model to refer to, it is incredibly difficult to understand and create the system.
Org. Systems and Models is aligned with the United Nations’ Millenium Development Goals. I believe this project can be focused on the “Global Partnership for Development” goal, because robot technology can be used as a platform for developing leadership and communication skills. Robot technology can help in advanced communication tools such as the iPhone, or other smart technology.
Electric board picture shown above
  • Describe your experiences with the NASA robot project: I loved the NASA robot project! I got the opportunity to express myself artistically while also stepping outside of my comfort zone. I had virtually no experience with video production or editing, but I was assigned as the project coordinator/video editor. I took this task on with apprehension, but with tons of enthusiasm (as did my fellow video developers!), which made it all work out.
  • What did you learn? What did you learn about yourself?: I learned the large variety of talents my peers have, it was incredible. Everyone was very well-rounded. The artists of the class were working on robot building, and the tech-oriented kids were painting the robot at certain points. We all welcomed the project as an opportunity to hone skills, or develop new ones. It was a blast!
  • What was the greatest challenge?: The greatest challenge for me was keeping everyone on the video team to be on the same page. It’s easy to underestimate all of the different components and roles that go in to one project.
  • What could you have done differently?: I would have definitely focused much more on time management and improve my communication skills.
  • What did you enjoy the most?: I loved it all, but I would have to say that editing the video was so much fun. I was learning as I was going along, but I think it all turned out pretty well.

Org. Systems and Models Logic Problem

March 7, 2012, by

For my Org. Systems and Models class, I created a logic problem. Please see my problem below!
PROBLEM: Facebook inspires systems and models, because each individual acts as a model, while the entire Facebook network is a system. In a survey conducted in 2011, statistics show that 51.2% of Facebook users are men, while 48.8% are women. Among both genders, what percent of Facebook users are between the ages of 13-34?

SOLUTION: 72.5% of Facebook users are between the ages of 13 through 34. This shows that our methods of communication are rapidly evolving for younger generations. I believe this is a good thing, because younger people are able to communicate at a rate thought to be impossible twenty years ago. Without communication our entire world would be in chaos. Although Facebook is not a necessity now, I believe that in ten to twenty years, Facebook or other social media networks will be essential to our world.

SOURCE:, 2011. Article title: “Facebook Demographics Revisited”

Org. Systems and Models Flow Charts

March 7, 2012, by

For my Organizational Systems and Models class, I created two flow charts. One of these flow charts broke down the meaning of “Models” and showed examples. The other flow chart was about “Systems”. Please take a moment to look at my first milestone!

OSM: Milestone 2

March 6, 2012, by

For my organizational system and models class, we had to find a problem that we can solve with math. I looked at the statistics of bullying and found that we can use them to fight bullying. I showed the effects of therapy on bullies. The stats show a clear decrease in children who showed aggression after going through therapy. This shows that therapy is a viable solution and should be used to combat bullying.
• 1 out of 4 teens are Bullied.
9 out of 10 LGBT students experienced harassment at school and online.
• As many as 160,000 students stay home on any given day because they’re afraid of being bullied.
• 1 out of 5 kids admits to being a bully, or doing some “Bullying.”
• 43% fear harassment in the bathroom at school.
• A poll of teens ages 12-17 proved that they think violence increased at their schools.
• 282,000 students are physically attacked in secondary schools each month.
• More youth violence occurs on school grounds as opposed to on the way to school.
• 80% of the time, an argument with a bully will end up in a physical fight.
• 1/3 of students surveyed said they heard another student threaten to kill someone.
• 2 out of 3 say they know how to make a bomb, or know where to get the information to do it.
• Playground statistics – Every 7 minutes a child is bullied. Adult intervention -4% Peer intervention – 11%. No intervention –   85%.

A reported 15 percent of all students who don’t show up for school report it to being out of fear of being bullied while at school in 2010. This increased by 5 percent in the past year.

Question: How can therapy help lower bullying rates?
If bullying does not end soon there will be millions of kids bullied throughout the US. In the past two year alone the amount of kids who have reported getting bullied went up from 4% to 20%. This is an unacceptable increase and if nothing is done then it will continue to do just that. However if schools/parents were to try to create safe and therapeutic spaces so kids do not feel the need to bully. Also putting bullies into a therapy program will definitely help decrease their aggression. According to a recent study, after putting 32 bullies in family therapy for 12 weeks, 17% of them showed less signs of aggression and/or need to bully. This shows that with therapy and support, we can end bullying.

Models and Systems Flow Chart

March 5, 2012, by


Fresh Water

March 1, 2012, by

In Organizational Systems & Models class, we studied two guiding questions:  What are the fundamental needs of people in society? How do these inspire systems and models? While we were answering these questions, we had to pick one fundamental human need. I picked water as fundamental human need because many people do not know how to use water. Please see my work below.

Citation: Source: FAO, Retrieved from UN Statistics
In the USA there are problems with wasting water in 2012. The US uses 70% of fresh water for irrigation, 22% for industry and 8% for domestic use. If climate change killed all the crops, how much fresh water will be available in the US?

70% of fresh water remains. In this scenario we have two solutions which are saving more water and losing corps. In my opinion saving more water is better because we can use it for other to produce. Also losing crop is bad too because we do not have food in USA there are for we will have more hunger