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PhET Offered at the New Microsoft Office Mix App Store

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We’re excited to partner with Microsoft and offer a PhET app for the new #OfficeMix, the easiest way to make online lessons with videos, quizzes, and other interactive elements, now including PhET simulations! See this new exciting software at Watch a Mix of PhET sims here.


May 14


It’s Teacher Appreciation Week!

PhETThankaTeacherFrom all of us at PhET Simulations,

A Big Thanks to Our Teachers for Bringing PhET Simulations into Your Classrooms!

And for inspiring us to advance science and math education!



May 8


Thank You University of Colorado College of Arts and Sciences for Your Support

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Thank you University of Colorado College of Arts and Sciences for your generous support of our Crowdfunding Campaign for our “Teach with PhET” site. Their gift of $20K helps build the new “Teach with PhET” site which will provide teachers – in neighborhood schools around the world – with the resources, guidelines and community needed to effectively utilize our simulations.

Every donation helps with our goal of $500,000 (or ~20,000 people giving ~$25 each). Your donation of $25 will help build the home page or the community pages!

Add your “two-cents” at


Apr 30


See Our Latest Video “Using PhET in Lecture: With Clickers”


Have you  seen our latest video “Using PhET in Lecture: With Clickers”? The video discusses strategies on how you can capture some of the interactivity inherent in PhET simulations by pairing them with clicker questions and peer instruction.


Apr 7


Learn How to Design Student Activity Worksheets


Our latest video highlights how to design student activity worksheets for in-class use of the PhET simulations. The simulations are created to guide students in inquiry-based exploration of scientific phenomena, and so are most effective when students use them in a hands-on setting. What questions can you ask students to help them achieve the learning goals that you have set for them, and to enable them to make their own discoveries? Watch this video for tips and recommendations from other teachers, and the PhET research team.

And, if you’d like to see more tips from PhET, help our “Teach with PhET” Campaign at:


Mar 13


Studying Concentration? Try the Beer’s Law Lab.

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Have you tried PhET’s HTML5 version of Beer’s Law Lab?

“The thicker the glass, the darker the brew, the less the light that passes through.” Make colorful concentrated and dilute solutions and explore how much light they absorb and transmit using a virtual spectrophotometer!

And don’t forget our Teacher Activities, including a pre-lab warm up at:


Mar 7


Have You Seen the Plans for the “Teach with PhET” Site?

Teach with PhET Protoypte


Have you tried our prototype of the “Teach with PhET” site?

“Teach with PhET” will provide teachers – in neighborhood schools around the world – with the resources, guidelines and community needed to effectively utilize our simulations. See the screen designs and features that we hope to include.


Feb 24


How Do You Use PhET?

During our survey, we asked out teachers how they used PhET. One of the comments was:

“PhET allows me to individualize the pace for my students since they can complete the simulations at their own pace and on any computer, at school, the library, or even at home. The simulations also allow me to address different learning styles, particularly visual and kinesthetic modalities, which can be challenging to accommodate in the science classroom. I feel like the PhET simulations and the accompanying activities make me a more effective and responsive teacher.”

How do you use PhET?


Feb 11


And the Survey Says…


Did you know that from a teacher survey of over 2,000 teachers in the US, 63% said that PhET simulations made their teaching more effective and 23% said much more effective.

PhET wants to create a website just for teachers where teachers can organize simulations and activities, and build a community where we can learn from each other.

Interested in helping build this forum? Donate now at:


Jan 30


Thanks to Everyone Who Donated on Crowdrise!

Thank you everyone who supported our crowd funding campaigns.

We are making progress with now 16% raised towards our “Help Build Table Science Simulations: PhET’s HTML5 Circuit Construction Kit” and at almost $6,000 towards “Help Build ‘Teach with PhET’ Teacher Support Site”.

If you haven’t already donated or if you know teachers, parents, or educators who would like to help, please spread the word and donate today!

Thanks again.


Jan 24