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WISE: The Web-based Inquiry Science Environment
The Web-based Inquiry Science Environment (WISE) is an on-line science learning environment for students in grades 4-12, supported by the National Science Foundation. In WISE, students examine real-world evidence, then analyze and respond to contemporary scientific controversies through designing, debating, and critiquing solutions on-line. Students use the web to take notes, discuss theories, and organize their arguments. Other features include tools for data visualization, causal modeling, simulations, and on-line discussion with classmates. Project topics center on the life, earth, and physical sciences, such as genetically modified foods, earthquake prediction, and the deformed frogs mystery. WISE projects are designed to meet standards and complement science curricula; they are capstone activities that science teachers can incorporate into their current curriculum. Teachers can monitor and assess their students' work on the Web, as well as design their own inquiry-based science projects.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Intermediate (3-5)
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Computer activity
    • Guide for instructor
    • Module / Unit
    • Project
    • Tutorial
  • Visual:
    • Illustration - scientific
    • Visualization - scientific
  • Services:
    • Discussion / Forum
  • Agricultural science
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Educational theory and practice
  • Environmental science
  • Geological Sciences:
    • Geology
  • Natural hazards
  • Physics
Technical requirements:
Some individual WISE projects use advanced browser plug-ins, such as Shockwave or QuickTime. Any time these are required, the project lesson plan and other materials will indicate which plug-ins are required and where to download them.
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright 1998-2001 WISE, University of California Berkeley
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-001-194
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • 5-8:
      • Unifying concepts and processes:
        • Change, constancy, and measurement
        • Evidence, models, and explanation
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Structure of the earth system
      • F - Science in personal / social perspectives:
        • Natural hazards
        • Sci. / tech. in society
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Publisher: University of California at Berkeley