The purpose of this study is to discover what science-based simulations are best to use with elementary aged students in grades 3-5. Currently, there is limited research in this area due to the fact that simulations are being created faster then we can keep up with. Though it also shows that educators need to be able to effectively assess technology and decide what works best for their classroom, curriculum, and personal style of teaching. What science-based technology simulations would be beneficial for students to use for research in creating their own science inquiry experiment?
The literature reviewed in this study delineated three overall themes. First, simulation tools are an application we can use throughout our entire lives. Second, when used appropriately simulations can benefit student engagement in learning. Third, simulations allow for lab experiences that are faster, cleaner, safer, and allows for exploration when the equipment is unavailable or the environment is unattainable.