Virginia Science Activities, Models & Simulations (SAMS)
The Virginia Science Activities, Models and Simulations project engages students in middle and high school in practices that are essential for learning science through inquiry. The activities involve asking questions or defining problems, using models or sensors, collecting data, interpreting results, using mathematics, technology and computational thinking, constructing explanations and designing solutions based on evidence.
These activities, models and simulations are correlated to the 2010 Science Standards of Learning and Curriculum Framework and are also organized by standard as stand-alone tools.
Resources by Grade/Subject
- Grade 6 Science (Word)
- Life Science (Word)
- Physical Science (Word)
- Earth Science (Word)
- Biology (Word)
- Chemistry (Word)
- Physics (Word)
A variety of supports are included to assist with the use ITSI-SU portal. The video tutorials and help contents will help maximize the use of these instructional resources.
The SAMS project is a partnership between VDOE, Longwood University’s Institute for Teaching Technology through Innovative Practices (ITTIP) and the Concord Consortium.
The activities, models and simulations were developed by teachers participating in the Innovative Technology in Science Inquiry Scale Up (ITSI-SU) project funded by the National Science Foundation.