The Next Generation Science Standards encourage the use and development of models that facilitate students’ ability to make predictions while learning about a particular topic. For years, PhET has successfully developed simulations to help teachers and students do so. Though typically and historically recognized as a resource for physics teachers, the PhET group at the University of Colorado Boulder has created a plethora of simulations pertinent to several STEM subjects, including biology.

These simulations engage students in exploratory activities that inherently solicit inquiry. In other words, students will find themselves tinkering with interactive components, noticing how different inputs affect outputs, and naturally wondering about the reasons behind the differences. About 23 simulations make up the collection...

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