Thursday, September 27, 2007

PhET Wins PhIRST Prize!

Sometime I amuse myself with silly things more than I should.... :)

The Physics Education Technology Project launched by Nobel Laureate Carl Wieman has won first prize in a contest run by the journal Science and the US National Science Foundation.

The Physics Education Technology Project, or PhET, was honored in the fifth annual International Science and Technology Visualization Challenge in the category of interactive media. More than 200 contest entries were received from 23 countries on six continents.

The PhET Web site offers more than 60 free interactive simulations allowing users to explore physics concepts and their connections to phenomena in everyday life. PhET's "virtual" physics experiments can be used to explore such things as what happens as electricity flows through wires and light bulbs, how the greenhouse effect in the atmosphere warms the Earth, what happens in a microwave oven and how a laser works.

And if you didn't know how PhET came into existence, this is the reason why Carl Wieman is someone many people look up to:

Wieman, director of PhET, launched the project in 2002 using $250,000 of the money he received for winning the 2001 Nobel Prize in physics together with a comparable amount from an NSF Distinguished Teaching Scholar award and CU-Boulder.

It is a very good website if you haven't visited it already. So certainly a recognition well-deserved!


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