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Weekend Website #102: Interactive Simulations

Every Friday, I share a website (or app) that I’ve heard about, checked into, gotten excited to use.

science simulations

Simulations for elementary/middle school math and science


Advanced Elementary science, Middle school-University


Science, math


Interactive Simulations


Fun, interactive, research-based simulations of physical phenomena from the PhET™ project at the University of Colorado. All delivered Free to schools and Universities. Here’s an example:

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Wouldn’t show on my WP.COM blog. Click here to visit my WP.ORG for an embedded simulation. PhET believes that their research-based approach enables students to make connections between real-life phenomena and the underlying science, deepening their understanding and appreciation of the physical world. To help students visually comprehend concepts, PhET simulations animate what is invisible to the eye through the use of graphics and intuitive controls such as click-and-drag manipulation, sliders and radio buttons. In order to further encourage quantitative exploration, the simulations also offer measurement instruments including rulers, stop-watches, voltmeters and thermometers. As the user manipulates these interactive tools, responses are immediately animated thus effectively illustrating cause-and-effect relationships as well as multiple linked representations (motion of the objects, graphs, number readouts, etc.)

Topics include:

  • states of matter
  • buoyancy
  • gravity and orbits
  • molecules and light
  • build a molecule
  • resonance
  • and more

These can be downloaded, embedded in a school website, or played on the University website. With contributions from science professionals around the world, this site delivers more than 75 million simulations for educational use. I can’t even get my head around that number. Go. Check it out. Let me know what you think.

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Jacqui Murray is the editor of a technology curriculum for K-sixth grade, creator of two technology training books for middle school and three ebooks on technology in education. She is the author of Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy midshipman. She is webmaster for six blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, Cisco guest blogger, IMS tech expert, and a bi-weekly contributor to Write Anything. Currently, she’s editing a thriller for her agent that should be out to publishers this summer. Contact Jacqui at her writing office or her tech lab, Ask a Tech Teacher.

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6 thoughts on “Weekend Website #102: Interactive Simulations

  1. This is great. I signed up for your daily emails. When and how will I get the link for the 98 Problems book? I am going back into the computer classroom after retiring as a computer director last year. I am excited.

  2. OH man this is great! I don’t have all the answers to my young pre-scientists (3-4th grade) and this will be so helpful as they can explore at their own pace. Thank you!

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