What is SimScientists?

The SimScientists program in WestEd's Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) program is comprised of a portfolio of research and development projects that focus on the roles that simulations can play in enriching science learning and assessment. The capabilities of technology allow modifications of simulation-based activities to offer accommodations for English learners and students with disabilities. Science simulations can be used in curriculum activities, as embedded, formative assessments, and as summative assessments.

The SimScientists program investigates design principles to guide the creation of effective simulations as learning and assessment tools. In addition, the SimScientists program studies how science simulations can be used at different levels of the educational system—classroom, district, and state in balanced state science assessment systems.

Overview of SimScientists

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Science Topics

SimScientists focuses on topics in middle school science in which students learn concepts that involve understanding systems in the world around us.

You can try out the embedded formative assessments for ecosystems by clicking here.

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Life science topics include ecosystems and human body systems. More

click to view a sample from the atoms & molecules module

Physical science topics include forces & motion and atoms & molecules. More

Earth science topics include climate & weather and plate tectonics. More