SimBio produces software that uses sophisticated interactive simulations to teach biology in an inquiry-driven learning style. We also conduct grant-funded research to understand how to make educational software more effective. Our products allow students to conduct simulated experiments similar to those performed by practicing scientists, in fields of biology where live experiments are impractical or impossible.
SimBio was founded (as BeakerWare) in 1998 to distribute the second version of EcoBeaker®, our flagship program for teaching ecology using simulated experiments. Since then we have released new versions of EcoBeaker for colleges, high schools, and middle schools. We've also developed or assisted in developing programs for teaching evolution (EvoBeaker®), basic cell physiology (OsmoBeaker®), and neurobiology (NerveWorks™). We've conducted a substantial amount of research on the educational effectiveness of these programs, funded in part with grants from the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. In addition, we've adapted our programs to produce several museum exhibits.
Our goal is to improve biology education at all educational levels through the appropriate use of advanced technology. And to help make teaching and learning biology fun!