Supporting inquiry and modelling with interactive drawings

Wouter van Joolingen

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Creating models is at the heart of any scientific endeavor and therefore should have a place in science curricula. However, creating computer-based models faces resistance in early science education because of the difficulty to create the formal representations required by computational systems. In this keynote I will present SimSketch, an approach to integrate the creation of drawing into the process of inquiry and modeling. In SimSketch, drawings are used by learners to represent their ideas about phenomena they investigate. Assisted by the learner, SimSketch converts these drawings to computational models, that generate animations that behave according to the learner’s specification. Children in age ranging from 8 until 15 have used SimSketch in several domains: astronomy, traffic and biology. I will report on the results of these studies in terms of the effect on domain knowledge as well as scientific skills and attitudes.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 21 Aug 2012
EventEARLI SIG 20: Computer-Supported Inquiry Learning Conference 2012 - Bochum, Germany
Duration: 21 Aug 201224 Aug 2012


ConferenceEARLI SIG 20: Computer-Supported Inquiry Learning Conference 2012
Abbreviated titleEARLI SIG 20


  • Drawing
  • Modeling
  • Simulation
  • scientific literacy
  • IR-104560
  • METIS-293415


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