Staff development: Lab simulations make the abstract, concrete

Brian Stock, Middle School Science Teacher, Blessed Trinity, 17 years

Five years ago while doing research and planning for his science labs Mr. Stock learned about Gizmos, an online library of math and science simulations. Access to this simulation library has been a game changer in Mr. Stock’s classroom. Blessed Trinity’s science curriculum covers many topics that are abstract like Force & Motion, Chemical Reactions, Photosynthesis & Cellular Respiration, Orbits and Gravity, Moon Phases, Eclipses, Genetics, Plate Tectonics and Weight and Mass just to name a few. Gizmos science simulations does a wonderful job of presenting concepts and ideas to students in a meaningful way. The simulations also demonstrate concepts visually which is very helpful for ESL students and students at a lower readiness level. Without these simulations it is difficult to create meaningful labs that adequately demonstrate the concept being taught.

For several years the membership to this awesome resource was made available through grants and district funding. However, this year it is not the case. The annual subscription is $800 and due to budgetary constraints, Mr. Stock’s subscription was not renewed. Gifts to the Annual Fund cover these important enhancements to the Blessed Trinity Curriculum.