I have seen no other program out there that can demonstrate student improvement in math and science as effectively as does Gizmos. As you endeavor to implement the NGSS, you will find no better tool for your educational tool box than Gizmos.

Science Specialist, Western Arkansas Education Service Cooperative

The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)* is a collaborative, state-led initiative to provide standards that are rich in content and practice. These standards are organized across disciplines and grades to provide all students with an internationally benchmarked science education.

The NGSS are based on the National Research Council's (NRC) Framework for K-12 Science Education. The NRC Framework describes a vision of what it means to be proficient in science; it rests on a view of science as a body of knowledge composed of core ideas and key concepts across disciplines, which are continually being refined through a set of shared practices. The framework presents three dimensions that were combined to form each standard: Practices, Disciplinary Core Ideas, and Crosscutting Concepts.


Our library offers hundreds of science simulations that integrate the three dimensions of NGSS. Select a Disciplinary Core Idea below to see an example:

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Disciplinary Core Ideas

Screenshot of a Fan Cart Physics Demo

The Fan Cart Physics Gizmo allows students to explore Newton's Laws of Motion. Guided by Student Exploration Guides, students use models, conduct investigations, and design solutions.

Related Core Idea: Engineering, Technology & Applications of Science
Screenshot of Forest Ecosystem Gizmo

The Forest Ecosystem Gizmo asks students to observe and manipulate the populations of four creatures (trees, deer, bears, and mushrooms) in a forest. Students explore concepts of energy, causation, stability and change as they investigate the food web.

Related Core Idea: Engineering, Technology & Applications of Science
Screenshot of Phases of the Moon Gizmo

The Phases of the Moon Gizmo helps students understand the phases of the Moon by observing the positions of the Moon, Earth and Sun. Students collect and analyze data to understand the patterns within the model.

Screenshot of Atwood Machine Gizmo

The Atwood Machine Gizmo allows students to explore the concept of cause and effect as they measure the height and velocity of two objects connected by a rope over a pulley. Students observe the forces acting on each mass within a system, calculate the acceleration of the objects, and relate these calculations to Newton's Laws of Motion.

Related Core Idea: Physical Science
Crosscutting Concepts
Science & Engineering Practices

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