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Archive for December, 2012

There Still Time to Become a PhET Supporter

A big ‘Thank You!’ to all of you who have already contributed to PhET during this campaign!

If you have considered a donation, but haven’t gotten to it yet, there’s still time!

It takes a village – our village of PhET users and supporters – to continue to bring these high quality science learning tools to teachers, like Amy from Texas, and their students.

“It truly brings tears to my eyes—not something done easily— when I can give them access to something as wonderful as your program.” – Amy P., 4th grade teacher, Dickinson, TX

Please become a PhET supporter with a donation today. Every donation – from small $10 donations to larger gifts – helps to fund the effort, and is much appreciated!

Thank you and Happy New Year!

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Dec 30


Join Carl Wieman: Support PhET with a Donation Today

Carl's Video

In our new video, Nobel Laureate Carl Wieman explains why he donated his Nobel prize money to PhET and why it’s important for our community to continue to support PhET.

Consider donating to PhET this holiday season – now through Network for Good to support both anonymous and recurring donation options.

Donate Today!


Dec 21


December Newsletter: Be One of the First to Experience our Sims on Tablets

Screenshot of the December 2012 PhET newsletter

Have you received our December 2012 newsletter?

Find links to prototypes of Masses & Springs, Energy Skate Park, Build an Atom, Concentration and Faraday’s Electromagnetic Lab in HTML 5. We’re excited to be offering a sneak peek at our progress. Have fun!

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Don’t forget PhET this holiday season. Donate to PhET’s Annual Campaign today.
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Dec 15


Shout Out to Teachers Noah and Laura

Forces and Motion: Basics

Thanks Noah and Laura for catching an issue with the new Forces and Motion.

Just a day after we released an update, they quickly e-mailed us regarding the number of significant digits in some of the numerical readouts. PhET Developers Sam Reid, John Blanco and Chris Malley worked together to isolate and solve the problem, posting a fixed version the next day. And, we found that the “bug” also affected three other simulations, all of which have been fixed.

Thanks for reporting problems to so we can get things fixed quickly!

Help support PhET developers. Donate to PhET’s Annual Campaign today.


Dec 7


See Prof. Mike Dubson Speaking at the Active Learning Conference in April 2012

Last Spring in Montreal, Prof. Mike Dubson gave this talk on PhET Simulations: Student Engagement and Learning. The talk is presented in five parts of six minutes each. Thanks Mike for sharing your talk!

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Dec 3