PhET simulations

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PhET simulations are a set of science simulation programs available free on the web for students around the globe. Simulations are a brainchild of Carl Wieman who spent his Nobel Prize in physics on developing the idea. To Wieman, lecturing is as bad as bloodletting. Simulations are suitable for students of all ages. They can be fun for 3-year-olds, and can be used by college professors who seek better understanding of simulated phenomena. PhET simulations should be studied by all teachers of sciences and all parents. They are a harbinger of better forms of learning.

See: https://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulations/category/new

This glossary entry is used to explain "I would never send my kids to school" (2017-2024) by Piotr Wozniak

Figure: Even if this picture may seem to illustrate complex science of electric fields, it can actually be understood by a pre-schooler. This is a PhET simulation of the electric field. All a child needs is to move around the charges and see how the arrows change. The simulation makes it possible to build an understanding that can later be used in memorizing formulas with pleasure. This is an example of why understanding should precede memorization