For Translators

PhET simulations are currently accessible in up to 97 languages (see Translated Sims) and our website is accessible in 43 languages (as of December 2021).

Translating the PhET simulations and resources into other languages greatly expands our audience, and helps us accomplish the PhET mission. We welcome individuals with expertise in math and science teaching to help us in one of two ways:

  1. Request to be an independent PhET Trusted Translator by translating simulations, the website, or Teacher Tips (see instructions below). Request Trusted Translator Access.

    OR

  2. Apply to the PhET Translator Network (for African languages only), to be part of a facilitated community of translators with opportunities for small contracts to support translation. APPLY by 1 March 2022.

Translating HTML5 Simulations

PhET HTML5 sims can be easily translated through a web browser. Access to the HTML5 Translation Utility is limited to trusted translator accounts.

HTML5 Translation Utility

HTML5 simulation translation credits


Translating Java and Flash Simulations

PhET Java and Flash simulations have been written so that they are easily translated to languages other than English. The process uses a simple tool called the Java and Flash Translation Utility, and requires no programming skills.

Translating the PhET simulations into other languages greatly expands our target audience, and helps us accomplish the PhET mission.


Translating the Website

This website has been written so that it can be translated into other languages. The website can be translated online through the browser, and offers instant previews of the translated result. As with translating simulations, it requires no programming skills. The online translation interface is only currently available in English.

Translating Teacher Tips

The Teacher Tips associated with every sim can be translated by editing the original .pdf document and emailing a .pdf to phethelp@colorado.edu for publication on the website. Instructions for translating PhET Teacher Tips.

Translation Issues

Have you noted a translation error, such as a word used in an inappropriate context? If so, please report it in this form.