Interactive Scientific, part of the Oracle Startup Cloud Accelerator program in Bristol, has developed scientific simulation software, called Nano Simbox, which students are using to observe how atoms and molecules interact. Researchers are also using this technology to explore new theories, product designs, and drugs.
The UK-based education technology startup employs tablets, virtual reality headsets and controllers to help students visualize atoms, observe how they behave in different combinations, and manipulate them for testing.
Traditional methods of teaching science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) can be a deterrent to some students. Females, minorities, and students from lower-income families are underrepresented in STEM education and related professions. According to a Department of Education study, that makes it harder to narrow education and poverty gaps, meet the demands of a tech-driven economy, and maintain US leadership in scientific research and innovation.
Nano Simbox’s simulation software runs on Oracle Infrastructure as a Service, making it possible to monitor, log, and report on scalability in real-time.
“Our goal is to open up lifelong science learning to everybody, whether you’re in grades K-12, studying at a university, or in a non-traditional learning environment,” says company CEO Dr. Becky Sage. “And our hope for the future workforce is that inclusivity will be valued so anyone will be able to thrive in their working environment.”
Dr. Becky Sage, right, says Nano Simbox is a fun and interactive tool that puts the dynamic world of atoms and molecules into the hands of students.