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 http://www.crowdrise.com/helpbuildteachwithphet.
We’ve added Acid-Base Solutions to our collection of HTML5 simulations. Thank you Royal Society of Chemistry for your generous donation that supported the development of this simulation. See these simulations at PhET’s site and at LearnChemistry.
How do strong and weak acids differ? Use lab tools on your computer to find out! Dip the paper or the probe into solution to measure the pH, or put in the electrodes to measure the conductivity. Then see how concentration and strength affect pH. Can a weak acid solution have the same pH as a strong acid solution?
Next week, PhET Director Kathy Perkins will be attending The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation’s OER Grantees Meeting hosted by the Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education. At this meeting, the OER community will explore the value proposition of OER and discuss the impact. By sharing our work with others in the OER community, we hope to advance STEM worldwide!
Our popular Under Pressure simulation is the latest addition to our growing collection of HTML5 simulations. Explore pressure under and above water. See how pressure changes as you change fluids, gravity, container shapes, and volume.
Want to see more HTML5 simulations? Support bringing Circuit Construction Kit to iPads and tablets: http://www.crowdrise.com/PhETHTML5CCKSimulation
Test the pH of things like coffee, spit, and soap to determine whether each is acidic, basic, or neutral. Visualize the relative number of hydroxide ions and hydronium ions in solution. Switch between logarithmic and linear scales. Investigate whether changing the volume or diluting with water affects the pH. Or you can design your own liquid! See both micro and macro pictures.
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: http://www.crowdrise.com/helpbuildteachwithphet