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Thanks for Choosing PhET as the Public Choice in the NSF Video Showcase

NSF Video Showcase

Thanks to all who voted!

PhET received all 3 awards in the NSF 2015 Teaching and Learning Video Showcase: Presenters’ choice, Facilitators’ choice, and Public choice.

We couldn’t have won without you!



Jun 2


PhET at the “Oscars of Innovation in Higher Education”

Oscars of Innovation


Recently PhET attended the Reimagine Education Conference for “outside-the-box” approaches to higher education at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. PhET was honored to share the overall prize with PaGamO from National Taiwan University. Read about other honorees and the conference at


Apr 24


PhET Honored at Wharton-QS Stars Awards 2014: Reimagine Education


We’re excited to announce that we are one of two overall winners of the Wharton-QS Stars Awards 2014: Reimagine Education. PhET, along with PaGamO, the world’s first multi-student social game, shared the honor and a $50,000 prize. Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), publisher of the QS World University Rankings, developed the global Wharton-QS Stars competition to identify the most innovative approaches in higher education to enhance learning and student employability in partnership with The Wharton School SEI Center of the University of Pennsylvania. The global competition received submissions from 427 universities and enterprises from 43 countries with 21 awards judged by a panel of 25 international experts – a who’s who of higher education.

Thanks everyone who has supported PhET!
We couldn’t have won without you.




Jan 12


PhET is a Bett Awards 2015 Finalist!


We are pleased to announce that PhET Interactive Simulations and the Royal Society of Chemistry have been selected as a BETT Award Finalist for the suite of six next-generation Chemistry simulations.

Wish us luck for the final selection at the BETT Show January 21-24, 2015 in London!


Nov 20


PhET Team Member, Trish Loeblein, Receives American Chemistry Society 2013 ACS Colorado High School Teaching Award!


We’re excited to announce our very own Trish Loeblein, PhET K-12 Specialist, was honored to receive the ACS 2013 Colorado High School Teaching Award.

Trish has taught all levels of science including chemistry, physics and math, including many AP courses. Trish was recognized because she “brings an enormous energy to the classroom” and “goes out of her way to teach difficult concepts in a more tangible manner, a skill which is necessary for challenging chemistry and physics courses.”

Congratulations Trish!


Apr 30


Open Education Resources Are “Here to Stay”

In a new report by the Software & Information Industry Association, “Guide to the Use of Open Educational Resources in K-12 and Postsecondary Education,” open educational resources, like PhET are “here to stay.” This white paper from the SIIA’s Education Division’s working group was written to provide an increased understanding of OER’s impact and usage in schools.


Apr 2


PhET Becomes a 100Kin10 Partner

We’re excited to announce that PhET is now a 100Kin10 Partner. 100Kin10 is a multi-sector partnership addressing the national imperative to train 100,000 science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) teachers by 2021. See the press release here.



Mar 4


PhET Selected to Receive 2nd Place 2012 SIGOL Online Learning Award


We’re excited to announce that we have been chosen as the 2nd Place Winner in the 2012 SIGOL Online Learning Awards. This award recognizes innovative educators worldwide for their leadership and creativity in providing e-learning opportunities for elementary through university students. As part of the award, come see us at ISTE 2012 June 24-27th in San Diego, CA.


May 7


Short Film on PhET from The Tech Awards…

Last week, as part of being a Tech Award laureate, the Tech Awards program made a video to help summarize the PhET project and some of its goals. Award-winning Hollywood director Sandy Smolan and his team produced the video. It’s only 90 seconds, so it doesn’t cover all aspects of PhET, but we like the final product! Thanks Sandy and team.

In addition, the Tech Museum has released this video showing the highlights of the black-tie gala and the Tech Awards laureates.


Oct 27


Greetings from The Tech Awards…

The Tech Award

Greetings everyone from San Jose where Kathy Perkins, our director, is at the week long event of The Tech Awards 2011 where we are learning how to further our quest to advance science literacy and education worldwide.

If you want to see the the Gala which is the culmination of this week long event, it will be streamed live at Tech Awards. Also, look for coverage by Time and CNBC.


Oct 18