Modeling and Simulation
How can you help students see the invisible?
We've been doing it for fifteen years.
Science learning would be so much easier if students had superpowers. After all, many things students need to learn are abstract, invisible or just plain too small to see.
We're sorry to say we haven't perfected x-ray vision (yet). But the power of computational models enables students to see and manipulate the unobservable with just a touch or click. Students can make time slow down, repeat or run backwards at will.
Better yet, models give students the power to conduct experiments on unreachable worlds. They can peer into the details of chemical reactions. Manipulate the unseeable world of genes and DNA. Or compress centuries into seconds to unlock evolution's gradual mysteries. Models and simulations hold unprecedented ability to help students learn.
We've been researching the power of models and simulations for a decade and a half. Our research explores questions such as
- How can gaining "molecular literacy" through models help students learn across all science subjects?
- How can well designed models help make complex topics understandable?
- How can models and simulations make concepts accessible at earlier grades?
We're continuing important research and development on models and simulations every day, actively developing projects that can help your students
- Learn molecular concepts through digital inquiry
- Understand and connect ideas in genetics and evolution
- Manipulate virtual environments to understand climate change
- Consult simulations in the design process to optimize a solar house
- And much, much more…
But don't just take our word for it.