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We’re Excited for the 2015-2016 School Year!

JohnTravoltage Sim

Get the sparks flying for the new school year with John Travoltage. Wiggle his foot and he picks up charges from the carpet. Bring his hand close to the door knob and get rid of the excess charge.

Good luck to both students and teachers for the upcoming year!

Thursday

Aug 20

2015

Try PhET’s Next-Gen Sims with Assessment Features

PhET Metacog Task Demo

Try PhET’s next-gen interoperable Concentration sim when it’s been linked with our partner metacog‘s rubric-based scoring. Try the task of making a batch of Invisible Ink and see how you do in real time. Learn about metacog’s rubric-based scoring in this video.

Wednesday

Aug 12

2015

Got PhET (Swag)? Visit our new CafePress Store!

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Ever wanted a #PhETsims t-shirt or coffee mug?
Visit http://www.cafepress.com/phetsims where you’ll find a variety of PhET gear, including mugs, t-shirts, iPad accessories, etc.
All proceeds go to helping us make more great #HTML5 sims! Support PhET today and help spread the word!

Thursday

Aug 6

2015

PhET Simulations for Learning the Physics of Music

Waves

University of Colorado Boulder Prof. Ed Kinney uses PhET’s Wave on a String to teach principles of sound in his popular physics course, Sound and Waves. In the course, students learn what happens to the waves as they move through the air from a speaker or musical instrument into the ear and vibrate the parts of the inner ear. Kinney says that PhET sims such as Wave on a String show changes and movement of sound through time better than a still image: “There’s not a still picture in a book that you can get across what is happening in real time when sound waves come into your ear.  Still pictures don’t convey the understanding.”

Read more here: https://sparc.colorado.edu/kinneys-simulations-support-learning-complex-physics-concepts/

Thursday

Jun 18

2015

Please Send Us Your PhET Stories

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Have an inspirational PhET story? Has PhET changed how you teach? How your students learn? Inspired a student’s interest in STEM?

We are looking for a few personal stories to share with people around the world to capture how PhET simulations impact you or your students. Help us by filling out this short questionnaire. If your story is selected, we’ll contact you for more information, and feature you in our newsletters and blogs.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Share your story here: https://cuboulder.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_aarTABodHFOjXEh

Tuesday

Jun 9

2015

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!

 

Tuesday

Jun 2

2015

See the New HTML5 Simulation Pages Now LIVE!

New HTML5 Page

We are excited to now have individual HTML5 sim pages where you can easily access sample learning goals (under About), Teacher Tips and Activities (under For Teachers), Related Simulations, and Software Requirements. With the new pulldown menus, everything about the simulation is on a single screen. There’s also a link to conveniently access the corresponding original JAVA/Flash sims and their translations.

And don’t forget to help bring more improvements and HTML5 sims by donating at:

DONATE NOW

All donations are tax deductible.
Thanks for your support!

Wednesday

May 27

2015

Will PhET Get Your Vote in NSF’s Video Showcase?

NSF Showcase

We’re presenting PhET’s work May 11-15 in the NSF 2015 Teaching and Learning Video Showcase. View our video and browse the more than 100 other great videos about STEM teaching and learning. You can even join the conversation by posing questions to presenters. Vote for your favorites with the “Public Choice”. Winners will be announced on Monday May 18th.

Monday

May 11

2015

Thank You Teachers!

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The PhET team would like offer our sincerest gratitude to all the dedicated educators of the world. Thanks for inspiring your students to reach their peak! #ThankATeacher

Thursday

May 7

2015

Honoring Our Own PhET K12 Specialist: Teacher Trish Loeblein

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Congratulations to Conifer Chemistry Teacher and PhET K12 Specialist, Trish Loeblein, on her retirement from teaching!

Trish has been a dedicated teacher for over 30 years, and a member of the PhET team for the last 10, helping design over 50 simulations and contributing over 130 guided-inquiry-based activities along with many teacher resources! Her activities are the most popular in our database with more than 900,000 downloads in the past year. In addition, she has run numerous teacher workshops and webinars, both locally and nationally. Over her many years of teaching, Trish has touched thousands of students focusing on their learning, specifically understanding and learning to think, NOT just memorization.

Thanks Trish for inspiring a generation of students! And while the students will certainly miss you in the classroom, we are excited that you will continue to work part-time with PhET! #ThankaTeacher

Wednesday

May 6

2015