Flashy Virtual Experiments

July 8, 2011 at 9:47 am | Posted in useful links | Leave a comment
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Syncronscope and V-CurvesI’ve been talking with the Virtual Experiments group, funded by the UK’s National STEM Programme – STEM being Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. They are doing some fantastic work producing highly interactive virtual experiments, all of which freely available online through their website; I highly recommend that you try one out.

Virtual Experiments are not ‘simulations’ that are fully programmed according to a mathematical model, but are instead “produced from a recording of the experiments, usually as stills, which is then coded so that the user can manipulate the apparatus seen on screen to obtain the required results. Thus VEs aim to capture all possible results or outcomes of the original practical experiment”. The VE’s are coded in Flash, so will run on any web browser (except iPad’s… bah… but they work really well on Android tablets).

If you are a STEM tutor working at the University of Southampton and are interested in talking to them about developing a  VE for your subject, get in touch – they may be able to do this for you at no cost. If you are at another institution, they will need to charge a development fee – but I thought the sums involved were very affordable.

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