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This Thanksgiving season, we at PhET are especially thankful to have such a wonderful PhET community. We thank you for:
- Including PhET in your lessons, lectures, labs, handouts, and homework
- Sharing your teaching activities on PhET with other teachers around the world
- Translating the simulations into over 70 languages
Just in 2014, over 75,000,000 sims have been run from phet.colorado.edu
We are searching for qualified candidates who are interested in joining the PhET team as a full- or part-time “Professional Research Assistant.” We are seeking specifically educators with a background in teaching, preferably at the middle school or high school level.
With our current emphasis on building and studying simulations for middle school math and science, advancing our teacher professional development resources and support system, branching into tablet and touch-compatible simulation design, increasing the accessibility capabilities of our simulations, and advancing the use of simulations in undergraduate chemistry, responsibilities will include (but are not limited to):
1) Redesigning (as part of a 3-5 person team) existing PhET simulations, incorporating new findings on effective sim design and adapting designs for use on touch-devices. (Software programming is NOT required. PhET has a team of in-house software developers).
2) Designing new PhET simulations.
3) Conducting user-testing through interviews of students using simulations.
4) Supporting simulation design, development, and research efforts – e.g. analyzing data, supporting classroom research studies, searching for web resources, etc.
5) Helping to liaison to and support the K12 community.
6) Assisting with marketing and dissemination of PhET resources to teachers: develop and represent PhET in online teaching forums and resources; run exhibit booths at national and local conferences; assist with teacher workshops.
7) Responding to inquiries to PhET about science/math questions and new simulation ideas.
For more information and specific qualifications, see the online posting at:
Please consider applying! And, share this information with your colleagues who might be interested.
Pictured from left to right:
Back row: Emily Moore, Emily Randall, Michael Dubson, Trish Loeblein, Kathy Perkins, Oliver Nix, Oliver Orejola, Arnab Purkayastha, Steele Dalton, Stephanie Chasteen, Beth Stade
Middle row: Liam Burke, Jesse Greenberg, Kathy Dessau, Chris Malley, Sam Reid, Jonathan Olson, Bryan Yoelin, Carl Wieman, Aaron Davis, Yuen-ying Carpenter
Front row: Amy Rouinfar, Robert Parson, John Blanco, Ariel Paul, Matthew Zhang, Amanda McGarry
(Not pictured): Linda Wellmann, Karina Hensberry, Sarah McKagan, Noah Finkelstein
For software developers: our educational HTML5 apps & libraries are open source and ready to use in your projects: http://bit.ly/phet-development-overview
Learn how to:
- Check out the PhET HTML5 libraries and simulations from GitHub
- Create new simulations
- Understand & customize code for our simulations
- Submit bug fixes for our simulations
- Embed a PhET simulation in your own website
- Use powerful libraries for rendering, audio, touch/mouse/pen input, geometry, MVC, UI and more.
- Communicate with PhET developers and others developing with PhET libraries
Hope to see you there!
Try the new HTML5 Balancing Chemical Equations simulation! How do you know if a chemical equation is balanced? What can you change to balance an equation? Play a game to test your ideas. Students will learn to:
- Balance a chemical equation.
- Recognize that the number of atoms of each element is conserved in a chemical reaction.
- Describe the difference between coefficients and subscripts in a chemical equation.
- Translate from symbolic to molecular representations of matter.
PhET needs your help! If you’re an educator, parent, student, STEM supporter or a company, please support our campaign to bring the popular Circuit Construction Kit to HTML5 compatibility. Any amount helps — minimum donation is $10. Donate now to help speed the conversions.
Try the HTML5 version of Build an Atom to refresh your knowledge of the periodic table. With your fingers, build an atom out of protons, neutrons, and electrons, and see how the element, charge, and mass change. Then play a game to test what you’ve re-learned!
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.
Due to some ongoing website issues, we will be performing maintenance on the PhET website over the next few nights (Mountain Daylight time). This will affect only parts of the site, specifically logging in, some activity pages, etc. It should not affect the simulations. We expect that the maintenance will last over an hour. During this time, some parts of PhET may experience periods of unavailability. If you experience persistent issues, please e-mail the PhET Help Desk at email@example.com.
Thanks for your patience.