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The Concord Consortium


Found In: mathematics, science, preK-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

young child in zip line harness

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The Concord Consortium provides free K-12 and above activities in biology, chemistry, earth and space science, engineering, math, and physics. Activities can be selected by subject or grade level. A third category, lets users select by research focus: mobile computing, modeling and simulation, online assessment, online learning, or probeware. (Java Runtime Environment version 5 (1.5) or later with Java Webstart is required to run activities.)

A representative activity is Building a Zip Line, an engineering activity suitable for elementary students. Students construct a zip line for a hard-boiled egg and improve it by interpreting data. By attaching a motion sensor at the bottom of the zip line, students can display a graph. Only registered users can save data. Teachers and students can register at the Innovative Technology in Science Inquiry Scale Up (ITSI-SU) Portal.

Molecular Workbench (MW) () is a free and open-source modeling tool for designing and conducting experiments. Versions (1.2 MB) for Windows, Linux, and OSX can be downloaded. Other methods of use are available as well including using applets and offline versions.

Don’t miss the Our Projects houses active and archived projects. One active project is CLEAR (Cumulative Learning with Embedded Assessment Results), which is investigating how assessments can aid cumulative learning in middle schools.

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