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Want to Join the PhET Team as a K12 Simulation Designer/Specialist?

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.



Nov 11


Meet the 2014-15 PhET Team

PhET group photo Fall 2014

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

From the PhET Team to all of you:
 Thanks for using PhET Interactive Simulations


Oct 13


For Developers: Learn about how to integrate PhET



For software developers: our educational HTML5 apps & libraries are open source and ready to use in your projects:

Learn how to:

  1. Check out the PhET HTML5 libraries and simulations from GitHub
  2. Create new simulations
  3. Understand & customize code for our simulations
  4. Submit bug fixes for our simulations
  5. Embed a PhET simulation in your own website
  6. Use powerful libraries for rendering, audio, touch/mouse/pen input, geometry, MVC, UI and more.
  7. Communicate with PhET developers and others developing with PhET libraries


Hope to see you there!


Sep 15


New HTML5 Balancing Chemical Equations Simulation

Balancing Chemical Equation

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.

Thank you American Association of Chemistry Teachers for your generous donation that supported the development of the new HTML5 Balancing Chemical Equations.



Sep 8


Help PhET Make More HTML5 Simulations!


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.



Aug 21


Build an Atom to Refresh Your Chemistry Knowledge

Build an Atom


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!


Aug 6


Come to PhET’s Workshop at the ICCE 2014 Conference


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.


Jul 16


Scheduled Maintenance Over the Next Few Nights

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

Thanks for your patience.


Jul 14


Thank You W. W. Norton & Company for Your Support


Thank you W. W. Norton & Company for your support of PhET’s chemistry simulations. Your generous donation will go directly to bringing more HTML5 simulations to students around the world.


Jul 8


See How to Use PhET Simulations with OfficeMix


Watch our new video in the Featured Gallery section #OfficeMix to learn how to create fun, exciting and interactive lessons using PhET simulations and OfficeMix.



Jun 12