VCISE is a collection of interactive, online simulations designed to enhance traditional middle and high school science curricula by providing supplements to experimental laboratory or field work.

The inquiry-based activities emphasize the scientific method. Students make observations, propose hypotheses, design experiments, collect and analyze data generated by the simulation, and synthesize and communicate results through an electronic notebook and an online report.

The activities include an online assessment quiz with randomized interactive questions. Editable online templates for constructing a lab report and a grading rubric are available for the teacher, as well as access to their class or individual student assessment profiles.

Standards See how each activity aligns to the U.S. National Science Education Standards and your state's standards.

Technical Requirements The activities require Macromedia Flash Player 8 and many functions require that pop-up blockers be disabled. You can test your browser's compatibility by clicking here.

Who We Are Read more about the individuals on the VCISE project team based at the California State University, Los Angeles.

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Life Science


Earth Science

Mate fruit flies to study patterns of genetic inheritance.
  Relative Dating
Infer the relative chronology of geological events.
Nat. Selection
Use water fleas to study natural selection and evolution.


The Virtual Courseware Project is supported by grants from the U.S. National Science Foundation and the California State University.  
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