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Happy Holidays from the PhET Team

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It’s the holiday season and end of the year is approaching fast. As you’re going about your holiday shopping, you are probably also thinking about gift contributions before 2013 ends.

Please include PhET in your end-of-the-year gift contributions and give the gift of science and math to children around the world through one of our  crowdfunding campaigns. Any amount helps — minimum donation is $10. Choose one or support both!

Build the “Teach with PhET” website:
Help us build the “Teach with PhET” website that will support teachers in your neighborhood and around the world…making it easier to use PhET sims.
Goal: $500,000 (or ~20,000 people giving ~$25 each)
Link: http://www.crowdrise.com/helpbuildteachwithphet

Bring Circuit Construction Kit to the iPad:
Help us publish the next-generation of one of our most popular simulations (used over 1 million times a year!), the Circuit Construction Kit DC. Your support will move this simulation to iPad and tablet compatibility using the latest HTML5 software technology.
Goal: $50,000 (or ~2,000 people giving ~$25 each).
Link: http://www.crowdrise.com/PhETHTML5CCKSimulation

Monday

Dec 23

2013

December Newsletter: More Info on the “Teach with PhET” Site


Screenshot of the December 2013 PhET newsletter

Have you received our December 2013 newsletter?

Learn more about the new “Teach with PhET” site, see our new logo and see more on our HTML5 simulations.

Don’t forget PhET this holiday season. Donate to PhET’s Crowdfunding Campaigns:


Friday

Dec 20

2013

Thank you PI (Physik Instrumente) for your support!

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Thank you PI, a manufacturer of precision motion systems, for becoming a corporate sponsor of Optical Tweezers and Applications.  Your support will help PhET upgrade our servers to the latest technology and keep the simulations free for students around the world.

If you’d like to join PI and become a sponsor, please consider supporting PhET in your annual year-end donations. Every donation helps! Together we can improve the way science and math are learned. Choose:

Tuesday

Dec 17

2013

Help Improve PhET’s Server Technology!

Has PhET been slow or unresponsive?

We first want to apologize for the inconvenience, and let you know that we’re working hard to find a solution. But we need your help…

We need to upgrade to the latest technology, and as a non-profit, your donation to the “Teach with PhET” site will also help upgrade PhET’s software and hardware. Just giving $10 to the Building the “Teach with PhET” website crowdfunding campaign will make a difference–a little from our community will go a long way!

Please support PhET in your annual end-of-year donations and you’ll not only be helping you, and your students, but also students around the world. Together we can improve the way science and math are learned.

Friday

Dec 13

2013

Help Support PhET on #GivingTuesday and This Holiday Season

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Please join us this #GivingTuesday and give the gift of science and math to millions of children around the world.

It takes a village to build quality open (that is, free) education resources. And, that’s what PhET Interactive Simulations at University of Colorado Boulder has been doing since 2002. We work hard to make science and math fun and exciting — and accessible for everyone.

But we need your help! If you’re an educator, parent, student, STEM supporter or a company, please consider giving to one of our new crowdfunding campaigns. Any amount helps — minimum donation is $10. Choose one or support both!

Build the “Teach with PhET” website:
Help us build the “Teach with PhET” website that will support teachers in your neighborhood and around the world…making it easier to use PhET sims.
Goal: $500,000 (or ~20,000 people giving ~$25 each)
Link: http://www.crowdrise.com/helpbuildteachwithphet

Bring Circuit Construction Kit to the iPad:
Help us publish the next-generation of one of our most popular simulations (used over 1 million times a year!), the Circuit Construction Kit DC. Your support will move this simulation to iPad and tablet compatibility using the latest HTML5 software technology.
Goal: $50,000 (or ~2,000 people giving ~$25 each).
Link: http://www.crowdrise.com/PhETHTML5CCKSimulation

Consider not only donating yourself, but also spreading the word.

  • Post on Facebook and Twitter
  • Forward this email to your listservs, schools, colleagues, and friends
  • Post on your website
  • Share with others this effort of making learning science and math more fun and accessible to children at home and around the world.

 
Thanks for being part of our STEM village this holiday season!

Your PhET Team,
Ariel, Bryce, Carl, Chris, Emily, Jesse, John, Jonathan, Julia, Karina, Kathy D, Kathy P, Linda, Mike, Noah, Oliver N, Oliver O, Robert, Sam M, Sam R, Steele, Stephanie, Trish, and Yuen-Ying

Monday

Dec 2

2013

We’re Working on Improving PhET’s Accessibility

Has PhET been slow or simply not working?

We’re actively working on the problem and hope to have it resolved soon. In the interim, if you’re planning on using PhET in your classroom, please consider downloading the simulations in advance to ensure that you and your students can work on PhET sims.

Please e-mail phethelp@colorado.edu, or post a Facebook or blog message, to let us know when you are having a problem.

Tuesday

Nov 19

2013

PhET Featured in the SPIE Newsroom

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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.

Monday

Nov 18

2013

Want to Join the PhET Team?

We are searching for qualified candidates who are interested in joining the PhET team as a full- or part-time Professional Research Assistant.

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, and advancing the use of simulations in undergraduate chemistry, responsibilities will include (but are not limited to):

1) Redesigning existing 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 simulations
3) 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.

For more information and specific qualifications, see the online posting at:

https://www.jobsatcu.com/postings/72825

Please consider applying! And, share this information with your colleagues who might be interested.

Thanks!

Thursday

Oct 31

2013

Thank you Royal Society of Chemistry!

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Thank you Royal Society of Chemistry for your generous support of PhET!

Support from our community is invaluable for keeping the simulations up to date (including the HTML5 work) and free for all.

If you want to help support PhET, donate at http://phet.colorado.edu/donate

If you’d like to become a corporate sponsor, please e-mail kathryn.dessau@colorado.edu. Depending upon the level of sponsorship, your logo can appear on our website which has had over 70 million sims served!

Tuesday

Oct 29

2013

Meet PhET Team Member: Bryce Gruneich

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After teaching middle school science for three years, Bryce is excited about joining PhET as sim designer and IRB coordinator. During his time in the classroom Bryce used PhET sims including Radioactive Dating Game and Projectile Motion in his inquiry science units. After using PhET extensively in his teaching, Bryce is looking forward to designing new sims to engage students in topics like Geology and Astronomy.

Bryce is from Iowa, where he studied science education at the University of Iowa. He moved to Boulder in 2008 to study education and received his MA in Curriculum and Instruction from CU in 2010. Communicating science and advocating for science literacy are Bryce’s passions. In his free time, he likes to play ultimate (frisbee not fighting), soccer and board games as well as to cook and eat good food.

Wednesday

Oct 23

2013