With their three-dimensional blend of disciplinary core ideas, crosscutting concepts, and science and engineering practices, the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) have tons of potential to reshape and reinvigorate the process of learning science. Moving from potential to process, however, can be a tall order, as teachers know. The great news is there are some outstanding tech tools that sync with the NGSS's unique style of inquiry-driven and conceptually focused STEM learning.
This week we're featuring the best apps, games, and websites we've found for doing science through the lens of the NGSS. Constructing models as part of your lesson? Algodoo and Curiosity Machine can be your trusty sidekicks. Turning the tables for some student-led investigation? Mosa Mack Science and Mystery Science get kids investigating like actual science detectives. Digging into data analysis? Big History Project and Nova Labs offer in-depth datasets and other top-notch content to analyze and explore. For all of our top NGSS picks, check out the full list here: