A solid basic understanding of science plays an increasingly important role in our highly technical world. The app phyphox (phyphox.org, available for Android and iOS, 1.9 million downloads so far) is being developed by scientists at RWTH Aachen University as a useful tool for modern, attractive science education for teaching in schools and universities, but also for diverse learning outside of classrooms and lecture halls. The app makes the sensors of smartphones – our daily companions - available to its users for science experiments. Thanks to the variety of sensors that can be used and a simple operating concept, users of the app can become true explorers of the world with their smartphones and a few everyday objects. The app aims to awaken the scientific curiosity of children, young people and students in a completely new and innovative way. Phyphox transforms smartphones into mobile labs from your pocket.
The donations collected here are to be used for the following further developments:
- The cost-free and ad-free offer of the app shall be secured on a long-term basis and at the same time the app shall be made even more attractive for all users. This includes the ongoing expansion of the variety of possible experiments.
- We support teachers in many ways in using the app in their teaching so that as many students as possible can get to know and use phyphox. This includes teacher training, the provision of Open Educational Resource materials and a steadily growing support for all users.
- We would like to continue to put the users in the foreground and support them in the development and sharing of examples of use. This also increasingly concerns informal learning, e.g. in the form of games, interactive exhibits for science museums and public spaces, training opportunities for young researchers, and ideas for Citizen Science or Maker Spaces.
- We want to promote phyphox more systematically worldwide by offering the app in as many languages as possible, enabling cross-national cooperative experiments, and promoting tailored support services, especially in countries where funds for experimental teaching are limited.