General Science and Teaching

Do you know a good simulation program?

Tue Jan 02, 2018 9:13 AM

We are trying to both expand and keep our list of simulations current.  We currently use pHet (free), Concord Consortium (free), and CK-12 (free), and Gizmos (paid) extensively.  Are there other simulation programs that you would recommend at the K-8 level?  We recently ran across the program Universe Sandbox and I was wondering if anyone has used it?

Melinda Meyer
Melinda Meyer
630 Activity Points

Wed Jan 03, 2018 5:38 AM

Google: phet

They run on a newer Java (Java 8?) so make sure your devices are updated.

Have fun!

Joshua Blum
Joshua Blum
45 Activity Points

Thu Jan 04, 2018 10:40 AM

All of the ones listed (CK12, pHET, and Gizmos) are excellent simulation resources! I love that pHET simulations are being converted to HTML 5 so they don't have to be downloaded anymore!

Debbie Morgan
Debbie Morgan
700 Activity Points

Thu Jan 04, 2018 10:44 AM

When I taught middle school, I also liked using University of Utah's Aspire Simple Machines simulations,http://sunshine.chpc.utah.edu/Labs/Machines/, and for younger grades Bite Size Science at http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/science/. Hope these help!

Debbie Morgan
Debbie Morgan
700 Activity Points

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