Educational Software for Science

There are many great educational out there that can make learning science a lot more interesting. Also, although it is probably not as much fun as live labs, educational science software, can be far more affordable than lab materials. I wouldn't suggest that we eliminate labs, but I think we could expand the lab experience by mixing live labs and virtual lab environments. Here is my list of a few of the best Educational Science Software:
Model ChemLab

Model ChemLab is a unique product incorporating both an interactive simulation and a lab notebook workspace with separate areas for theory, procedures and student observations. Commonly used lab equipment and procedures are used to simulate the steps involved in performing an experiment. Users step-through the actual lab procedure while interacting with animated equipment in a way that is similar to the real lab experience.
Phet Interactive Simulations
Phet Interactive Simulations provides several research based sims that covers topics from glaciers to pH Scale. It is provided by the University of Colorado, is web based, and best of all is free.
NASA Rocketmodeler III
Nasa Rocket Modler III allows you to adjust different variables in a model rocket to gain optimal hight and flight time. This tool is also free.
Interactive Physics

Interactive Physics allows you to model, simulate, and explore a wide variety of physical phenomena, and create nearly any experiment imaginable. If you can use a mouse, you can use Interactive Physics.

  • Create objects by drawing circles, blocks, and polygons
  • Measure velocity, acceleration, force, energy, etc., in metric or English units
  • Create ropes, springs, dampers, pulleys, slots, actuators, and motors
  • Simulate contact, collisions, and friction
  • Vary air resistance, gravity, or material properties
  • View results as numbers, graphs, and animated vectors
  • Hear and measure sound volumes, sound frequencies, and
  • Doppler effectsCreate visually appealing presentations by attaching graphics to objects

Interactive Physics allows you to model, simulate, and explore a wide variety of physical phenomena, and create nearly any experiment imaginable. If you can use a mouse, you can use Interactive Physics.