The simulations and data vizualizations in this library are used as part of the OpenSciEd units. For information about how to utilize each simulation with students, visit the teacher edition for the associated unit. The Scope and Sequence page has information about the specific standards addressed in each of the grade levels and units.
COVID-19 Community Spread Simulation
This model explores the spread of an airborne respiratory illness like COVID-19, through a community, based on various social interactions and remediation measures. This model includes vaccinations as one variable. This model is part of the OpenSciEd COVID-19 unit for High School and is used in lesson 4 of that unit.
COVID-19 Infection Spread Basic
This model explores the spread of an airborne respiratory illness like COVID-19, through a community, based on various social interactions and remediation measures. This model is part of the OpenSciEd COVID-19 unit for High School and is used in lesson 4 of that unit.
Cup Design – Conduction in Solids Full
This simulation shows conduction of thermal energy within and between solids, based on the kinetic energy of particles, and collisions between neighboring particles. It is used in Lesson 13 of Unit 6.2. This simulation differs from the “reduced” version in that it has expanded controls over the variables.
Inside our Bodies – Digestive System
In this interactive, students look at actual endoscopic images from a healthy person and from M’Kenna, the patient presented in the unit. They take a tour of the digestive system stopping at different points to look at images. This is used in Lesson 2 of Unit 7.3.
Sound – Sound in a Medium
This simulation demonstrates a slow-motion version of what it would look like if you could see particles in a medium vibrating. The wave-like diagram underneath the air particle representation is a graph of the motion of the sound source. Only the particle diagram is a representation of the sound wave. This is used in Lesson 10 of Unit 8.2.
Tsunamis Dataset Visualization
In Unit 6.5 Lesson 2, students use this dataset to figure out why some earthquakes cause tsunamis and others don’t. They use the data to investigate these questions: How does the magnitude (strength) of an earthquake affect tsunami formation? How does the depth (how near or far from the surface) of an earthquake affect tsunami formation?