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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:


All donations are tax deductible.
Thanks for your support!


May 27


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.


May 11


Thank You Teachers!


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


May 7


Honoring Our Own PhET K12 Specialist: Teacher Trish Loeblein


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


May 6


#ThankaTeacher Week: Thanks to Martin Veillette

In honor of #ThankaTeacher week, PhET would like to thank Prof. Martin Veillette. Martin comes to us from Berea College where he is an associate professor of physics, teaching courses across the physics curriculum, from astronomy to quantum mechanics. He has been an avid user of PhET simulations as an instructor and this year he has been with us working as a software developer, learning the tools of the trade during his sabbatical leave. During his time at PhET, he partnered with Amanda McGarry to create the brand new #HTML5 sim Least Squares Regression. He also worked on the upcoming #HTML5 Charges and Fields and Pinko Probability.  When he’s not teaching physics, you can see him in “creeking” in the streams of Kentucky. Thanks Martin!



May 4


Interested in working for PhET?

Interested in working for PhET? Know someone who is? Forward this to math educators and education researchers in your community! And of course, apply if you’re interested! Dr. Karina Hensberry ( and Amanda McGuarry ( will be at NCTM Booth #647 and Rm. 153 C (BCEC) Friday, April 17 11:00 AM-12:00 PM.

Two math education positions—both focusing on teaching and learning pre-algebra and algebra with simulations (grades 6-9)—are open as described below. Application review will be ongoing (disregard any dates in the postings) and continue until filled. Please contact Kathy Perkins at when you apply.

Post-doctoral research position:
K12 Simulation Designer/Specialist:


Apr 10


PhET Downtime: Friday, March 20, 2015 10 PM to Saturday, March 21 8 AM

PhET ( will be unavailable from Friday, March 20 at 10:00 PM Mountain Daylight Time until Saturday, March 21 at 8:00 AM Mountain Daylight Time due to necessary maintenance performed by the University of Colorado Office of Information Technology.

We apologize in advance for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience.


Mar 17


Meet PhET Team Member Yuen-ying Carpenter

Yuen-ying Carpenter

Meet Yuen-ying Carpenter who came to the PhET team with a PhD in chemistry, and an avid interest in investigating how college students learn in both core chemistry classes and in applied disciplines such as the energy sciences.

She brings with her both inquiry-based college curriculum development expertise from her time at the University of Calgary and Dalhousie University, as well as a taste for in informal science inquiry and outreach for all ages from the Calgary science centre, TELUS Spark.

When she’s not at PhET, Yuen-ying can be found biking around Boulder, or hanging out on a trapeze somewhere 10 ft in the air.



Feb 4


New Year…New PhET Home Page!


Have you seen our new home page? Simulations are easier to find with the large blue “Play” button. And, social media, informative You-Tube videos and newly added Pinterest buttons are now available on the right-hand side of every page.

Happy 2015 New Year!


Jan 5


Don’t Forget PhET’s Annual Campaign!

A big ‘Thank You!’ to all of you who have already contributed to PhET during our 2014 Annual Giving Campaign.

If you considered donating, but haven’t gotten to it yet, there’s still time.

Please help support PhET with a donation to our Annual Giving Campaign. Together, we have impacted millions of students, with over 75 million sim runs in 2014 across 200 countries and territories. And at a complete project cost of only 2 cents per sim run. Your donation now will fuel our 2015 HTML5 sim conversions.

Every dollar really does help.

Whether you’re an educator, parent, student, STEM supporter or a company, consider sponsoring 500, 2500, or more sim runs with a donation of $10, $50, or more.

Donate Today:

Thank you and Happy New Year.


Dec 29