Two big announcements from the PhET Interactive Simulations project!
First, PhET has been working their techie little butts off for quite a while to port their simulations over to HTML5. No, I didn’t know what HTML5 was before this project started either. It doesn’t really matter except that (a) it’s a lot of work to translate an entire simulation and all the previously written code to a new HTML language, and (b) HTML5 allows the simulations to work on touch screens such as iPhones and tablets. I ran a simulation on my iPhone for the first time today! Pretty spiffy. Here is their HTML5 video splash page.
Below is a video that I produced for the effort (with the expert editing of my wonderful editor, Shawna Schultz of Mass FX Media).
You might notice the fancy new logo. It’s whimsical, dynamic, and energetic; it really says “PhET” to me.
For comparison here is the old logo.