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!
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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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Amanda McGuarry (email@example.com) 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 Kathy.Perkins@colorado.edu when you apply.
PhET (http://phet.colorado.edu) 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.
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.
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!
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: http://phet.colorado.edu/donate
Thank you and Happy New Year.
It’s #GivingTuesday! Please give the gift of science and math to millions of children around the world. If you’re an educator, parent, student, STEM supporter or a company, please consider donating to PhET today. Any amount helps — minimum donation is $10.
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.