A Stronger STEM Curriculum

Teachers see i-MWM as welcome and much-needed addition to the STEM curriculum.

  • It introduces Engineering and Technology – the “T” and “E” in STEM, which are currently missing at the pre-college level.
  • The new modeling/simulation tools greatly improve linkages to Math.
  • It demonstrates how STEM relates to society, the economy and future careers.
  • A more integrated STEM curriculum will inspire students, boost achievement levels, and foster “systems thinking.”

Time and Money Savings

i-MWM saves time and money by making classroom time more effective.

  • Self-directed learning prepares students to make the most of classroom activities and discussions.
  • Vertical integration eliminates redundancy and misconceptions.
  • The use of online simulations and modeling tools can save up to 50% of classroom time and associated materials and supplies.
  • Teachers can refresh their own understanding before preparing their lessons
  • Rapid feedback assessments help them support larger numbers of diverse learners.

What is Special About i-MWM?

i-MWM integrates hands-on inquiry and design activities in the classroom with interactive multimedia learning experiences on mobile devices to reach more students, personalize learning, and make classroom time more efficient.

Key Features of i-MWM

The Latest Research and Technology Applications

Today’s laboratory concepts will become tomorrow’s products! The i-modules are continuously updated by leading researchers in materials science and nanoscience to prepare students for the jobs of the future. Students learn how basic science concepts can solve global problems!

Vertically Integrated Learning

Content spans grade levels, from elementary school to the community college and vocational levels. Fundamental nanoscience concepts are introduced early on and reinforced over time. Teachers can take online professional development courses or refresh their understanding before preparing their lessons. This approach bridges gaps across grade levels to better prepare students for college and careers!

Next Generation Inquiry-and-Design

Our proven inquiry and design methodology has been enhanced with multimedia tools to better prepare students for 21stcentury STEM careers.

Just like professional scientists and engineers, students can now:

  • Study concepts on their own before performing lab experiments. (Interactive games let them explore and intuitively grasp a concept; then a narrated tutorial introduces the concept more fully.)
  • Use advanced animations to visualize the nanoscale and understand complex phenomena (3-D, time-dependent, etc.);
  • Use interactive simulations to analyze laboratory data, generate mathematically accurate models, and ask “what if?” questions that might lead to new discoveries!

Personalized Learning and Assessment

Some students learn best by reading - others by seeing, hearing, or doing. Students can study independently, at their own pace, using the tools that are best suited to their own personal learning style. Most of the content in the i-modules is presented in multiple formats – students can read content, listen to and watch videos, and interact with simulations and games.  Rapid-feedback assessments let students track their own progress and let their teachers know when they need support. In this way, students can take responsibility for their own learning and be better prepared for class!

Student Collaboration Platform

Today’s students love to stay connected online! Why not use this this behavior to prepare them for future careers? Employers want students who can communicate, collaborate, and innovate effectively. The i-MWM platform allows students to brainstorm ideas, join design competitions, and discuss the pro and cons of different design solutions with their peers around the country.

Alignment with Standards

i-MWM is aligned with:


Key Features of this Demo

Multimedia Content

Tapping into multiple learning modalities, students can hear and watch multimedia content, allowing them to conceptualize and visualize the nanoscale in their classrooms without using expensive equipment! These tools convey complex concepts like 3-D spatial and time-dependent phenomena much better than static textbooks.

Interactive Modeling and Simulation Tools

Just like professional scientists and engineers, students can use simulations to input and analyze data, generate mathematically accurate models to plan designs and ask “what if?” questions that might lead to new discoveries!

Interactive Games

Performing a task improves learning and retention. Interactive games are motivating and keep students engaged by letting them experience instant responses to their actions.

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