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As of February 2012 no studies of ThinkerTools were found that fell within the scope of the Science review protocol and met WWC design standards. Therefore, the WWC is unable to draw any research based conclusions about the effectiveness or ineffectiveness of ThinkerTools to improve outcomes in this area.
ThinkerTools is a computer-based program that aims to develop students’ understanding of physics and scientific modeling. The program is composed of two curricula for middle school students, ThinkerTools Inquiry and Model-Enhanced ThinkerTools. ThinkerTools Inquiry allows students to explore the physics of motion and then asks them to apply that knowledge to solve real-world problems. In the Model-Enhanced ThinkerTools curriculum, students create computer models that express their own theories of force and motion.

Last Updated: February 2012

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