Inq-ITS is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and U.S. Department of Education (ED).

In The News

Common Sense Education - 5 Stars

We are proud and honored to have recieved a 5-star review from commonsense education.  They say: "Inq-ITS truly embodies the three-dimensional nature of the NGSS Science and Engineering Practices" .  More...


Real-time assessment tool supports STEM learning standards.  App developed by Rutgers learning sciences professor offers learning, assessment tool aligned with Next Generation Science Standards.  More...

Rutgers GSE Professor Develops Cutting Edge Educational Technology to Revolutionize Classroom Teaching and Assessment of Science.  More...


Apprendis, the company behind Inq-ITS, was mentioned in EdSurge's article on how the US Department of Education funds the development of new educational tools whose efficacy is evaluated through rigorous research. More...​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Democratic National Convention 

Apprendis was honored to present at the Democratic National Convention as part of the SMART (Strengthening the Mid-Atlantic Region for Tomorrow) states initiative.  More...​​​​​​​

White House Blog

Apprendis’ Inq-Blotter teacher alerting platform was mentioned in the White House blog as an innovative assessment approach. This tool is being developed as part of a two year Phase II Small Business Innovative Research grant awarded by the Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences (IES). More...

NECN Interview

Apprendis was featured as part of NECN's Entrepreneurs' Night in which MassChallenge finalists are interviewed about their startups. More...

Microsoft Scholarship

Apprendis received a scholarship for Civic Innovation from Microsoft. More...

MassChallenge Accelerator

Apprendis was selected as one of 128 finalists from a pool of 1700 startups in the MassChallenge accelerator program in Boston. More...

US News & World Report ​​​​​​​

Our CEO Dr. Janice Gobert published an Op-Ed piece for US News and World Report on how big data analytics could be the key to improving students' STEM learning, and supporting science teachers' instruction and assessment. More...

Rutgers Today​​​​​​​

From Learning About Science to Doing Science: GSE Professor’s Technology Leads the Way. More...​​​​​​​


Best EdTech of 2017 and Five Stars on Common Sense Education

Chosen as one of the best educational technologies of 2017 on 5 stars from reviewers on

Institute of Educational Sciences ED/IES SBIR’s 2018 Award

Awarded through the Small Business Innovation Research program at the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences (ED/IES SBIR) for 2018​​​​​​​.

Top 10 EdTech of 2017 on Education Technology Insights

Chosen as one of the best educational technology startups of 2017 on​​​​​​​.


Five Star Rating

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5 out of 5 stars on our

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"Teacher Needs" on Digital Promise

Selected as a "Teacher Needs"​​​​​​​ 

ed-tech on Digital Promise.

App of the Week on eSchool News

Chosen by writers of eSchool News as the App of the Week for 9/11/17.

SIIA Innovation Showcase Winner
Chosen as a winner by the SIIA Innovation Showcase Program.

What Teachers Are Saying

“This was my first year using Inq-ITS in my classroom and have found it to be a very valuable resource.  I use the microworlds at the completion of a unit as a formative assessment for my students. The results help drive my instruction and optimize student grouping. Students find the microworlds very engaging and they are able to connect the concepts they have learned with actual situations and real data, while sharpening their inquiry skills. Not only were the reports valuable to me in assessing my student’s progress, they were valuable evidence I was able to provide to my administrators as part of the new teacher evaluation process. In addition, the reports were very easy to upload to TeachPoint, the online teacher evaluation system now used by many districts.”

Pam Perry, Teacher

Bellingham Middle School (Bellingham, MA)

"Inq-ITS definitely has my endorsement. All of our students were able to access the labs. We were close to 70% of our students meeting or exceeding their state science test and I honestly believe it was in part due to our students familiarity with computer resources including Inq-ITS."

Ken Guffey, Science Department Chair

LaCreole Middle School (Dallas, OR)

“Inq-ITS  microworlds has become a very important part of my practice as a science teacher. I have used this program for the past two years. I use this most often after teaching a unit to be sure that students have moved forward on both the content standard and the inquiry standard. The feedback is valuable, timely, and very telling. Most recently, I used a microworld as a pre-test and was surprised to see how many students had retained information from two years prior on the subject. This information saves me time when I am organizing my lessons for a unit. I am better able to tailor to the needs of the students.”

Kathy Scibelli, Teacher

Oak Middle School (Shrewsbury, MA)

"Virtual labs can have a great place in the science classroom.  Time and resource availability are often scarce, and the Inq-ITS labs allow my students to explore scientific concepts with an inquiring and exploratory lens that they may not have had the ability to otherwise.  I really appreciate that digital labs such as this one allow teachers to collect and view digital data on our students' performance.  It has really streamlined my formative assessments for these kinds of activities!  I also appreciate that the standards being measured are consistent throughout the labs, so its very easy to track student growth if Inq-ITS labs are used consistently with the same students."

Heather Feinberg, Teacher

North Marion School District (Aurora, Oregon)

"In the first Inq-ITS lab our students had no idea what inquiry skills were or how to use them. Thankfully Rex kept them on course despite their lack of prior knowledge. Following that lab they were able to set up a better experiment and even catch themselves when they did veer off course with their experiment. As we introduce inquiry based hands on experiments, students have been able to set up proper experiments and directed hypotheses with little to no guidance from us.

I used the Inq-ITS platform as a way to monitor all my ELL students progress and where they were struggling in real time. The digital platform is always a useful one in ELL as it puts so many extra tools at their fingertips such as translation abilities and the ability to hear the words on screen through other various programs. Inq-ITS allows me to use content and experiments that are pertinent to what we're doing in class as well as still being available for those other wonderful tools to help them and that real-time monitoring that they need at times."

Joseph Ostgarden, Teacher

Grand Forks Public Schools (Grand Forks, ND)

Inq-ITS has received over $10M in funding to date from the NSF and U.S. Department of Education.

What Students Are Saying

"I enjoyed using Inq-ITS. I thought that it was good and I liked that it let me work at my own pace. It made making a hypothesis fun and easy. It also made the experiment fun."

Student (Watertown, MA)

"I thought this was a fun website to help me learn more. I like it. It's a great way to do inquiry and it helps me understand things more."

Student (Dallas, OR)

*To protect student privacy, names have intentionally been omitted from student reviews. All reviews hasve been verified by an official Inq-ITS representative.