Accessible Interactive Simulations to Create a More Inclusive STEM Experience - Learning space design and furniture provided by Steelcase Education, Gold Partner

Thursday, February 21 | 9:30AM–10:15AM PT | Pacific Ballroom A, Second Floor
Session Type: Breakout Session
Delivery Format: Hands-On Workshop
Faculty often struggle to provide students with disabilities access to interactive and engaging STEM learning experiences. The PhET Interactive Simulations project at University of Colorado Boulder is engaged in pioneering research and development to make their widely used OER simulations accessible to all students, including students with visual and mobility impairments. Join us to learn about the new accessibility features, to experience these features in action, and to discuss how to use accessible PhET simulations to create a more inclusive classroom, where all students can engage collaboratively in science inquiry. (IMPORTANT: Bring your laptop!)

Outcomes: Describe key pedagogical design features used to make highly interactive simulations accessible * Provide basic support to students with disabilities in using accessible simulations for learning * Plan the use of accessible interactive simulations in a variety of college contexts (lab, homework, or class)


  • Kathy Perkins

    Director, PhET Interactive Simulations, University of Colorado Boulder