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. In the circuits the students can use resistors, light bulbs, switches, capacitors and coils. The circuits can be powered by a AC/DC power...Read more

Lab owner: 
Jakob Sikken
Language: 
English, Chinese, Dutch, Estonian, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Turkish
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, Chinese, Dutch, Estonian, German, Greek, Hungarian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish
Age range: 
8-10, 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: 
Belarusian, English, Bosnian, Chinese, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Latvian, Polish, Portuguese, Slovak, Slovene, Spanish
Age range: 
10-12, 12-14, 14-16, 16-18
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

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, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish, Swedish
Age range: 
10-12, 12-14, 14-16, 16-18
Subject domain: 

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, Arabic, Bosnian, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Latvian, Polish, Portuguese, Slovak, Slovene, Spanish
Age range: 
12-14, 14-16
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, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish
Age range: 
14-16

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

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, Arabic, Basque, Czech, Dutch, French, German, Hungarian, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Spanish
Age range: 
6-8, 8-10, 10-12, 12-14
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

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