PhET for Kids?

by Stephanie Chasteen on July 14, 2009

For those of you who use or know of our PhET interactive simulations site, we’re trying to roll out a redesign of the site that’s geared for grades 4-8.  But we’re struggling with a name.  Any ideas?

  1. PhET Kids was deemed “too baby-ish” by some actual kids
  2. PhETmania (so far our favorite)
  3. Fresh Science by PhET
  4. Sim Science Playground

Update:  here’s a couple more options:

PhET X –not good name
PhETbox – another weird name.

  1. PhET4PhUN – maybe
  2. PhET.Awesome – too young?
  3. PhETastic -too young?
  4. PhETlabs – maybe
  5. PhETmania – good


Lori Andersen July 14, 2009 at 5:39 pm

PhET is Phat

Rhett July 14, 2009 at 6:19 pm


sciencegeekgirl July 14, 2009 at 6:33 pm

Silly, silly people. Get back to work. 🙂

Jen July 14, 2009 at 8:06 pm

PhETlabs or PhETmania are my votes. Both are cool. If I had to choose . . . PhETlabs.

Rhett July 15, 2009 at 1:42 am

Ok, I polled my kids.

2 votes for PhET.awesome (though one of those votes is by someone that is easily influenced. just sayin).
1 for PhETlabs
1 for PhET4PhUN

I still like my suggestion.

When do I get to see the kid version of PhET? I don’t see it on the normal PhET site.

Frank Noschese July 15, 2009 at 1:49 am

How about K-PhET?

Assaf July 15, 2009 at 7:37 am

How about amPhETamines? PhETish? MOSPhET? PhETuccini? 🙂
Seriously though: PhETlabs sounds nice.
Maybe PhETworld.
I’d go with “The PhET Experience” (or “Project”) – makes it sound mysterious and enticing.
But really, as Rhett said, PhET by itself sounds nice.

sciencegeekgirl July 15, 2009 at 3:27 pm

Thanks guys, these are really helpful!

Assaf, PhET itself is already taken. That’s the name of the main site. This site would be a spinoff of that site, specifically for kids in grades 4-8. The main PhET site is mainly for high school and college.

And Rhett, this is a project in the works… Launch won’t be for another 3-4 months I think. We’re just trying to come up with a good name and design right now.

sciencegeekgirl July 15, 2009 at 4:30 pm

Hey Rhett,

How old are your kids and what gender? They’re giving really different responses from the girls that we polled, who were going towards PhETMania…

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