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!

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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

This model is an agent-based population genetics simulation. The program contains the tools to conduct virtual experiments violating all the assumptions of Hardy-Weinberg theory (small population, selection, mutation, migration, and non-random...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, Dutch, German, Greek, Portuguese, Russian
Age range: 
14-16, 16-18

This model simulates Endler's 1980 classic experiment on the balance of sexual selection and natural selection. In guppies, females prefer to mate with males that have lots of spots, but those males are more easily seen by predators. You can...Read more

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

Knowing how many individuals are in a population can be critical. How can you tell how many there are when there are too many to count? This model simulates a pond of tadpoles. The population size can be estimated in three ways: direct sampling,...Read more

Lab owner: 
Thomas C. Jones
Language: 
English
Age range: 
10-12, 12-14, 14-16, 16-18
Go-lab approved

The European Space Agency (ESA) is Europe’s gateway to space. Its mission is to shape the development of Europe’s space capability and ensure that investment in space continues to deliver benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world. ESA is...Read more

Lab owner: 
European Space Agency (ESA)
Language: 
English, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish
Age range: 
10-12, 12-14, 14-16, 16-18, >18

This lab allows, from one side to observe the relationship between the amount of energy that the battery will store and the luminosity of the bulb and the position of the...Read more

Lab owner: 
Antonio Jesus Irízar López,
Irene Lequerica Zorrozua,
María de los Ángeles Cañas
Language: 
English
Age range: 
10-12, 12-14, 14-16

In 1962, Rachel Carson published 'Silent Spring', which drew attention to how the use of pesticides was indirectly decimating bird populations by causing thinning of egg-shells. This model illustrates how DDT in near-shore waters accumulates in a...Read more

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

The Our Acidifying Ocean lab explores the chemistry of ocean acidification and its impacts on sea urchin larvae through interactive models, a virtual lab bench, and a microscope measurement tool. The primary aims of the lab are: Our virtual labs...Read more

Lab owner: 
Géraldine Fauville,
Jason Hodin ,
Pam Miller
Language: 
English, French, German, Portuguese, Spanish
Age range: 
12-14, 14-16, 16-18, >18

This lab allow the user to study how the eolic energy can be used in order to generate another type of enegry, in this case electrical energy which can then be used.

There are several parameters that the user will be able to modify in...Read more

Lab owner: 
Antonio Jesus Irízar López,
Irene Lequerica Zorrozua,
María de los Ángeles Cañas
Language: 
English
Age range: 
8-10, 10-12, 12-14, 14-16

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