Year started: 2002
Audience(s): Grades 3-University Teachers and Students
Who Started It: Nobel Laureate Carl Wieman
# Members: 35,000 registered teacher users, along with over 35 million uses expected in 2012 across PhET's teacher and student communities
The PhET Interactive Simulations project at the University of Colorado provides a collection of over 115 free interactive simulations and supports an active and growing community of teachers who use the simulations in their classrooms. Based on extensive education research, PhET simulations support teachers in creating a more effective and engaging learning experience for STEM education. Each simulation provides an intuitive, game-like environment where students can learn through scientist-like exploration, where dynamic visual representations make the invisible visible, and where science ideas are connected to real-world phenomena. PhET’s community of teacher users create and exchange teaching lessons and activities designed around the simulations through PhET’s "Ideas and Activitivites" database. Any teacher, student, or parent can search these activities by sim, type of activity, grade level, language, and keywords.
Added on Jun 29, 2012