Online Labs

The online labs aim at supporting inquiry-based learning and providing the possibility to conduct scientific experiments in a virtual environment. Importantly, the inquiry process should be well structured and scaffold to achieve optimal learning results. Scaffolding refers to support (dedicated software tools) that helps students with tasks that they cannot complete on their own. For example, they can help students to create hypotheses, design experiments, make predictions, and formulate interpretations of the data.

Online laboratories can be of two kinds. Remotely-operated educational labs (remote labs) provide students with the opportunity to collect data from a real physical laboratory setup, including real equipment, from remote locations. As an alternative there are virtual labs that simulate the real equipment. Remote and virtual labs both have specific advantages for learning and can be combined to support specific learning activities. Additionaly, the Go-Lab project offers access to scientific databases, tools, and resources supporting inquiry learning activities of the students.

Please use the filters on the right to find appropriate online labs and resources for your class.

Teachers, please click propose a lab to tell us if there is a particular lab you would like to see on Golabz!

Lab owners, please click publish a lab to publish your lab on Golabz!

Go-lab approved

In the Electrical Circuit Lab students can create their own electrical circuits and do measurements on it. The electrical circuits are limited to DC (direct current). There is also a version of the Electrical Circuit Lab in which data can be...Read more

Lab owner: 
Jakob Sikken
Language: 
English, German, Spanish, Dutch, Portuguese, Greek, Estonian, Turkish, Chinese
Age range: 
12-14, 14-16, 16-18

In Splash students can create objects from object properties like mass, volume, and density, and drop these objects in a tube filled with a fluid. In some phases students can choose the density of the fluid themselves, allowing them to discover...Read more

Lab owner: 
Anjo Anjewierden,
Ellen Wassink-Kamp,
Siswa van Riesen,
Ton de Jong
Language: 
English, German, Spanish, Dutch, Portuguese, Greek, Estonian, Chinese
Age range: 
10-12, 12-14

This lab allows the user to visualise the gravitational force that two objects exert on each other. It is possible to change properties of the objects in order to see how that changes the gravitational force between them.

The lab has the...Read more

Lab owner: 
PhET Interactive Simulations
Language: 
English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Romanian, Dutch, Hungarian, Portuguese, Greek, Czech, Slovak, Danish, Finnish, Estonian, Galician, Arabic, Turkish, Chinese, Japanese, Belarusian, Bosnian, Serbian, Ukrainian
Age range: 
10-12, 12-14, 14-16, 16-18

How do strong and weak acids differ? Use lab tools on your computer to find out! Dip the paper or the probe into solution to measure the pH, or put in the electrodes to measure the conductivity. Then see how concentration and strength affect pH....Read more

Lab owner: 
PhET Interactive Simulations
Language: 
English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Romanian, Dutch, Hungarian, Portuguese, Greek, Czech, Slovak, Danish, Finnish, Estonian, Galician, Arabic, Turkish, Chinese, Japanese, Belarusian, Bosnian, Serbian, Ukrainian
Age range: 
12-14, 14-16
Go-lab approved

A drawing-based learning environment for the gears domain. The primary aims of the lab are: Let students to explore the ways in which gears and chains transmit motion.Read more

Lab owner: 
Frank Leenaars,
Hannie Gijlers,
Lars Bollen,
Wouter van Joolingen
Language: 
English
Age range: 
6-8, 8-10, 10-12, 12-14, 14-16, 16-18
Subject domain: 
Go-lab approved

Bond (from bonding in chemistry) helps students learn about solubility and precipitation of salts. Bond contains a database with thousands of salts and the most common ions, with information about solubility and colours. The setup is similar to...Read more

Lab owner: 
Anjo Anjewierden,
Ellen Wassink-Kamp,
Wil Gradussen
Language: 
English, Chinese, Dutch, Estonian, German, Greek, Portuguese, Spanish
Age range: 
14-16
Go-lab approved

The main learning objective is Archimedes’ Principle. There is an aquarium with three balls filled with different liquids (water, oil and alcohol). The user can throw the balls into the water and can take the balls out of the water using a web...Read more

Lab owner: 
Javier Garcia-Zubia,
Olga Dziabenko
Language: 
English, German, French, Spanish, Romanian, Dutch, Hungarian, Portuguese, Czech, Slovak, Basque, Russian, Arabic
Age range: 
10-12, 12-14

In this lab, pupils can simulate the impact of an object (e.g., an asteroid) on the Earth, Moon or Mars. They can vary parameters such as the diameter, density and velocity of the projectile and see the characteristics of the resulting crater....Read more

Lab owner: 
European Space Agency (ESA)
Language: 
English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Greek, Danish, Dutch, Czech, Finnish, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Swedish
Age range: 
10-12, 12-14, 14-16, 16-18
Subject domain: 
Go-lab approved

The Segway a two-wheeled, self-balancing individual electric vehicle. This virtual lab aims at showing the importance of the digital control system, which is a computer embedded in the Segway and analyzing continuously the position and...Read more

Lab owner: 
Benjamin Fankhauser
Language: 
English, German, French, Spanish, Dutch, Portuguese, Greek
Age range: 
14-16, 16-18, >18
Go-lab approved

The Radioactivity Lab examines the intensity of radiation over distance, demonstrating the effects of the inverse square law. Students investigate the intensity of radiation being emitted from a radioactive Strontium-90 source, by setting...Read more

Lab owner: 
University of Queensland
Language: 
English, German, Spanish, Dutch, Portuguese
Age range: 
14-16, 16-18, >18

Test the pH of things like coffee, spit, and soap to determine whether each is acidic, basic, or neutral. Visualize the relative number of hydroxide ions and hydronium ions in solution. Switch between logarithmic and linear scales. Investigate...Read more

Lab owner: 
Archie Paulson,
Chris Malley,
Jack Barbera,
Kathy Perkins,
Laurie Langdon,
Patricia Loeblein,
PhET Interactive Simulations,
Wendy Adams
Language: 
English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Romanian, Dutch, Hungarian, Portuguese, Greek, Czech, Slovak, Danish, Finnish, Estonian, Galician, Arabic, Turkish, Chinese, Japanese, Belarusian, Bosnian, Serbian, Ukrainian
Age range: 
12-14, 14-16, 16-18, >18

You will see that there is a difference between reality and theory.

  • Use this difference to investigate and find out what is the reason
  • ...Read more
Lab owner: 
German Carro Fernandez
Language: 
English
Age range: 
6-8, 8-10, 10-12, 12-14, 14-16, 16-18
Go-lab approved

Learn about conservation of energy with a skater dude! Explore different tracks and view the kinetic energy, potential energy and friction as he moves. Build your own tracks, ramps and jumps for the skater.

...Read more

Lab owner: 
PhET Interactive Simulations
Language: 
English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Romanian, Dutch, Hungarian, Portuguese, Greek, Czech, Slovak, Danish, Finnish, Estonian, Galician, Arabic, Turkish, Chinese, Japanese, Belarusian, Bosnian, Serbian, Ukrainian
Age range: 
14-16, 16-18
Subject domain: 
Go-lab approved

Methyl orange is an orange, azoic dye and is used as pH-indicator, with a transition range from 3.1 to 4.4, as well as for dyeing and printing textiles. In this remote lab students can examine the synthesis of methyl orange.
One of the aims...Read more

Lab owner: 
Hans van Dijk
Language: 
English
Age range: 
14-16, 16-18
Go-lab approved

Students are asked to make predictions on how galaxies form and evolve in the Universe. They will use the ‘Galaxy Crash’ tool to simulate the evolution of 2 disc galaxies over time, and see if the results match their predictions.
Finally,...Read more

Lab owner: 
Chris Mihos
Language: 
English
Age range: 
12-14, 14-16, 16-18
Go-lab approved

From the theory is known that the energy which is radiated outward radically in three-dimensional space from a source is inversely proportional with the square of the distance from the source. This process is known as the Inverse square law. In...Read more

Lab owner: 
Christian Kreiter,
Danilo Garbi Zutin
Language: 
English, German, Portuguese
Age range: 
12-14, 14-16, 16-18

How do you know if a chemical equation is balanced? What can you change to balance an equation? Play a game to test your ideas!

Primary aims of the lab:

  • Balance a chemical equation.
  • Recognize that the number of atoms
  • ...Read more
Lab owner: 
Chris Malley,
Emily Moore,
Kathy Perkins,
Kelly Lancaster,
Patricia Loeblein,
PhET Interactive Simulations,
Robert Parson
Language: 
English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Romanian, Dutch, Hungarian, Portuguese, Greek, Czech, Slovak, Danish, Finnish, Estonian, Galician, Arabic, Turkish, Chinese, Japanese, Belarusian, Bosnian, Serbian, Ukrainian
Age range: 
10-12, 12-14

The Faulkes Telescope Project provides access free-of-charge via the internet to robotic telescopes and a fully supported education programme to encourage teachers and students to engage in research-based science education.

Access is...Read more

Lab owner: 
Paul Roche
Language: 
English
Age range: 
10-12, 12-14, 14-16, 16-18

This model simulates MacArthur & Wilson's 1963 Island Biogeography Equilibrium paper. You can run virtual experiments manipulating the following: island size, distance from mainland, habitat type, and species types (e.g. birds, arthropods,...Read more

Lab owner: 
Thomas C. Jones
Language: 
English
Age range: 
12-14, 14-16, 16-18
Go-lab approved

This lab can be used to grasp the concepts of power generation in an osmotic power plant. It is based on a simple model which incorporates geographical parameters. Students can choose a location for their osmotic power plant and compare it to the...Read more

Lab owner: 
Sven Manske
Language: 
English, German, Dutch, Portuguese, Greek
Age range: 
14-16, 16-18

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