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Come See PhET at AAPT and PERC July 26-31 in Minneapolis, MN


Are you going to American Association of Physics Teachers AAPT 2014 Summer Meeting in Minneapolis, MN July 26-30?

Come see talks by both users and PhET director, Kathy Perkins, Wednesday afternoon. Dr. Perkins’s talk at 2 PM on Next-Generation PhET Simulations: New Features for Teaching and Learning will feature our touch/tablet-compatible HTML5 simulations. The new HTML5 designs bring a unique opportunity to build-in advanced functionality including recording user interactions, combining tabs from multiple simulations, pre-setting simulation configurations, and enabling screen capture with annotation.

And, if you’re also attending Physics Education Research Conference PERC 2014 July 30-31, stop by and see PhET’s posters by our own Emily Moore and Kathy Perkins.


Jul 24


Come to PhET’s Workshop at the ICCE 2014 Conference


Come to PhET’s workshop, Using PhET Interactive Simulations, at the ICCE 2014 conference in Toronto, Canada on Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 10:30 AM. Presented by PhET’s Yuen-ying Carpenter, Bryce Gruneich, and Emily Moore, this workshop will provide an introduction to our 30 chemistry simulations that support students from middle school to undergraduate levels in developing conceptual models of macroscopic and microscopic phenomena through inquiry. You’ll learn strategies for effective use for teaching and learning – highlighting specific teaching approaches that target common student difficulties and scaffold student understanding. Additionally, we will provide guidance and feedback for writing effective questions and activities around PhET simulations.

And don’t forget to stop by our booth.


Jul 16


Come See Us at ISTE in Atlanta, June 28-July 1


We’re going to be at ISTE 2014 in Atlanta, GA June 28-July 1. Come by our Booth #3653 and see the latest HTML5 PhET simulations and what we have on tap for the summer and 2014-2015 academic year.


Jun 24


Director, Kathy Perkins, Attending Hewlett Foundation OER Meeting


Next week, PhET Director Kathy Perkins will be attending The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation’s OER Grantees Meeting hosted by the Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education. At this meeting, the OER community will explore the value proposition of OER and discuss the impact. By sharing our work with others in the OER community, we hope to advance STEM worldwide!


Apr 17


Come See PhET at NSTA 2014 in Boston

NSTA 2014

Going to NSTA 2014? Stop by the PhET booth #1225.


Apr 1


PhET Featured in the SPIE Newsroom



Thank you SPIE for featuring PhET in the SPIE Newsroom. In the video, see Director, Kathy Perkins, speak about how PhET’s science simulations facilitate STEM education and develop problem-solving skills.


Nov 18


PhET in the Philippines

PhET Simulations are used not only in the United States, but also around the world. Rollan Inis from the Tagum City National High School in Tagum City, Philippines writes that Philippine teachers from remote “barangays” will be using the offline installation of PhET to “teach science in a very interesting manner.” In addition, PhET was used at a Grade 8 teacher training program held by the Department of Education.

Thanks Rollan for spreading the word on how PhET can enhance science and math learning in schools around the world.

Do you have a story on how PhET sims are being used? Please e-mail Kathy at


Jun 21


PhET Attends NCTM Conference in Denver

Graphing Lines

Thank you to everyone who stopped by our booth at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Annual Meeting in Denver this past April. We thoroughly enjoyed meeting with all the math teachers and having the opportunity to share the awesome free resource that is PhET! In addition, we were grateful for being a featured component of several talks, such as Mark Roddy’s discussion about Mathematizing the World. We look forward to the next NCTM Conference in New Orleans, April 9-12, 2014, and meeting even more great educators. We are excited to expand our suite of math simulations, so look for more coming soon!


May 6


Learn What Goes Into the Creation of a PhET Simulation


Ever wonder how a new simulation is created? In this new video PhET: Research and Development, you can see what’s behind the development of a PhET simulation and how we use research to enhance learning. Learn how we choose what topic to address, all the way through to how we test our simulations.


Mar 27


Learn How and Why Carl Wieman Started PhET

The Founding of PhET

In our new video, Nobel Laureate Carl Wieman explains how and why he started PhET.


Feb 20