PhET Logo March 2011 Newsletter

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Upcoming Events:

Cyberlearning Tools for STEM Education
Berkeley, CA
March 8-9, 2011

NSTA Annual Conference
San Francisco, CA
March 10-13, 2011

ISTE 2011
Philadelphia, PA
June 26-29, 2011

ACS Fall 2011 National Meeting
Denver, CO
August 28-Sept. 1, 2011

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Featured Sims:

Explore Floating and Sinking with the Density and Buoyancy Sims

Density simulation


Explore how blocks of different materials and sizes float or sink with the new Density sim. Create your own block with adjustable mass and volume, and predict when your block will start to float. Develop experiments to determine the density of mystery objects.

The Density sim includes a set of great teaching ideas with pre-lab, post-lab, teaching notes and sim activities to get you started on designing your own lesson plan.

Buoyancy simulation


Learn why objects float or sink with the Buoyancy sim. Explore the key forces at work as you modify your block, drag it under the surface, or change the fluid. Use the movable scale to weight objects in and out of water, or anywhere in between.

Learn How the Periodic Table Works with Build An Atom

Build an Atom simulation

Build an Atom

Build an atom out of protons, neutrons, and electrons with the Build An Atom sim. Learn about the mass, charge, structure, and nomenclature of elements in the periodic table. With this sim, students will learn
  • What makes up an atom
  • How protons are connected to element identity
  • How neutrons affect nucleus stability
  • How protons and electrons affect ionic charge
  • How to describe the mass and charge of the subatomic particles

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