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Date of Award

Summer 2013

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Department of Integrated Science and Technology


The purpose of this project was to create a learning environment that fostered an interest in conservation and preservation of the Edwards Aquifer in children by using the endangered and threatened species that live in the aquifer and depend on it to survive. This game was based on the system dynamics of the Edwards Aquifer that were put into a causal loop diagram. In order to gather the data I needed for this project, I spent a great deal of time in San Marcos, Texas, at Texas State University’s Albert B. Alkek Library. The library contained hardcopies of information that I would not have otherwise been able to attain. Extensive research was also done online through many state and federal agencies, as well as other universities. The data was put together into a final causal loop diagram and children’s learning environment. It was determined by the end of research and development of the learning environment that a fun, and interactive game could be created based on Systems Thinking ideas and the system dynamics of the Edwards Aquifer. Recommendations for further work on this project include expanding the current causal loop diagram into a stock and flow diagrams, and testing the learning environment with children and educators.