Steven Wang got into the tech field about seven years ago—as a pre-adolescent. Now, at 17, he has a concrete vision for how he wants to use technology to transform the learning experiences of students all over the world. He is CEO and cofounder of a startup company called Realism that offers virtual labs in physics, chemistry, and biology, including one that puts students into the shoes of a NASA engineer and asks them to use their chemistry knowledge to input fuel values and launch a rocket into space. Students’ actions determine whether the rocket makes it into space or reaches a lesser altitude before blowing up. Another lab gives students a chance to sequence and replicate DNA using skills from their biology classes. Realism is built on the inquiry learning pedagogy championed by the Next Generation Science Standards. Every lab is deeply integrated into the standards and methodologies that define 21st century learning. Teachers and students can check out some of the simulations currently available for free on the Realism virtual lab platform.
History Adventures’ Global Pandemics is a freeapp that transports users back in time and into the lives, choices, and dilemmas faced by individuals around the globe during some of the largest-scale plagues and pandemics in history.
The CanvasMol website has more than 50 three-dimensional interactive rotating models of relatively common molecules such as glucose and fructose. Students can alter each model to show (or not show) bonds, to show (or not show) individual atoms, and to rotate on the X, Y, and Z axes.
From the Moon to inside a plant cell, Avantis World lets students explore the impossible, all from the safety of a ClassVR headset or web browser. Avantis World is split into lands, with various zones and learning scenes for students to explore independently.