I’ve been reviewing my collection of STEM and STEAM articles and discovered a few sites or tools you may not have tried yet. During the next few weeks, I’ll post about these resources. Perhaps you’ll find them useful for you and your students.
PhET is a university site with over 150 math and science simulations and more than 2000 teacher activities. The goal of PhET is to make science and math more engaging and accessible for all learners. Dr. Carl Wieman, Nobel prize winner in Physics, and his team have nearly two decades of development on the site. Numerous awards from prestigious organizations attest to the value of the content.
The PhET Interactive Simulations project from the University of Colorado Boulder offers free interactive math and science simulations. PhET sims are based on extensive education research and engage students through an intuitive, game-like environment where students learn through exploration and discovery. The simulations are searchable by subject matter, grade level, or device (tablet or Chromebook). Sims are coded in either Java or HTML5. (Java code should be avoided due to security risks). On my Mac, the HTML 5 simulations are playable in the browser (I tried Safari and FireFox). Typical Windows browsers should work as well. You can also use a searchable database to find simulations.
The graphics in the simulations are not high definition, but you can be sure about the science content, given the pedigree of the source. You’ll find engaging, interactive science and math activities on PhET.