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PhET Simulations

Ages: 5 and up
Price: $0.99
Type: App
By PhET Interactive Simulations, University of Colorado Boulder


From understanding atoms to exploring energy to mastering multiplication, the PhET Simulations iPad/iPhone app engages learners (ages 5 and up) in actively exploring science and math concepts. Perfect for at home, in class, or on the road, this app delivers all of PhET's HTML5 simulations (77 sims and growing) in one easy-to-use package.

Developed by experts at the University of Colorado Boulder, PhET simulations are based on extensive education research. Each simulation creates an intuitive, game-like environment where students learn through exploration, where dynamic visual representations make the invisible visible, and where science and math ideas are connected to everyday life. The results are rich, exploratory, flexible environments used by teachers to create opportunities for inquiry, to engage students in science and mathematical practices, to develop students' conceptual understanding, and to increase enjoyment and interest.

PhET simulations are used by millions of students around the world. The PhET iPad/iPhone app delivers these exclusive features to schools, teachers, parents, and learners:
• Offline play: learn on the bus, at the park, or on the airplane without a WiFi connection.
• Favorites: pick your favorite sims and create your own custom collection.
• Automatic updates: get new HTML5 sims as soon as they are released.
• Easy sorting: find the right sims for you.
• Fullscreen: maximize your screen real estate for optimal sim exploration.

Some user favorites are Circuit Construction Kit DC, Build an Atom, Energy Skate Park: Basics, States of Matter, Force and Motion: Basics, Gas Properties, Fractions Intro, Graphing Lines, Make a Ten, and Function Builder.

PhET Interactive Simulations is a non-profit project providing open (free) educational resources globally. Proceeds from the PhET app supports the development of more simulations.

Review Highlights:

If you're a math or science teacher, you need to check out this app! The interactive digital lab experiences bring math and science concepts to life and deepen student understanding in a way that videos, images and even real-life experiments simply can't. If you're short on resources, time, or lab equipment (or even if you're not), PhET Simulations will add a whole new level of meaningful observation and interaction to your classroom.

This app is a treasure chest for the K-12 science teacher, student or enthusiast. It houses a tremendous amount of math and science activities. The user can scroll through and learn about, as well as do, online simulated experiments. The website offers lesson plans and videos that correlate with each online experience. I'd highly recommend this app for any math or science teacher, or enthusiast! I enjoyed the app and so did my 12 year old son.

We loved the interactive ability of the app. We could actually see the theories in action and work with them on the app. There are too many skills and concepts covered to name! A few topics we explored were fractions, molecules, atoms, and matter. These simulations were ideal for my child - it allowed him to quickly grasp each concept.

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