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Archive for January, 2012

NSF Highlights PhET

The NSF Logo National Science Foundation

NSF has invested over $3M in PhET over the past 9 years. Today, PhET’s work and impact on science education worldwide is highlighted in a new article at the NSF website. We would like to think its been a worthy use of tax-payer dollars!


Jan 30


We’ll be at American Association of Physics Teachers


See PhET Director, Kathy Perkins, at the AAPT Winter Meeting in Ontario, CA February 4-8. She’ll be giving an invited talk on Monday Feb. 6th at 6:30 PM on “Teaching Physics with PhET Simulations: Engaging Students and Increasing Learning” Session CE02.


Jan 24


Teacher Activities for Curve Fitting

Curve Fitting

Use this activity to help students understand how well a curve describes a data set. Learning goals include:
- how range, uncertainty and number of data points affect correlation coefficient and chi squared
- how correlation coefficient and chi squared can be used to indicate how well a curve describes the data relationship
- how to apply Curve Fitting to design better experiments


Jan 18


Clicker Questions and Activities for Salts & Solubility

Looking for some clicker questions and activities for Salts & Solubility? These questions & activities are from Trish Loeblein, PhET K-12 Specialist and Evergreen High School physics & chemistry teacher.


Jan 12


Archived PhET Webinar

Did you miss our webinar on November 15th?

Using PhET Simulations for Science and Mathematics Inquiry
Trish Loeblein, PhET K12 Specialist and Evergreen HS Teacher
Noah Podolefsky, Research Associate

The archived webinar is posted at The Middle School Portal 2: Math and Science Pathways project website.

In this webinar, we
1. focused on the middle level learner;
2. explored mathematics and science simulations such as Energy Skate Park, Equation Grapher, Estimation, Arithmetic, Density, Circuit Construction Kit, and Build an Atom;
3. investigated productive ways to incorporate PhET sims in your curriculum; and
4. learned about how to access lesson plans that PhET team members and other teachers have used and submitted to our Teaching Ideas database.


Jan 6