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.

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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
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Lab owner: 
Chris Malley,
Emily Moore,
Kathy Perkins,
Kelly Lancaster,
Patricia Loeblein,
PhET Interactive Simulations,
Robert Parson
Language: 
English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Dutch, Hungarian, Portuguese, Greek, Swedish, Czech, Bulgarian, Slovak, Danish, Finnish, Slovene, Croatian, Latvian, Basque, Russian, Turkish, Chinese, Hindi, Bosnian, Serbian
Age range: 
10-12, 12-14

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, Polish, Dutch, Hungarian, Portuguese, Greek, Swedish, Czech, Bulgarian, Slovak, Danish, Finnish, Slovene, Estonian, Croatian, Latvian, Russian, Arabic, Turkish, Chinese, Bosnian, Serbian
Age range: 
12-14, 14-16, 16-18, >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

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
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.

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Lab owner: 
PhET Interactive Simulations
Language: 
English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Romanian, Dutch, Hungarian, Portuguese, Greek, Czech, Bulgarian, Slovak, Danish, Finnish, Slovene, Estonian, Latvian, Basque, Russian, Chinese, Belarusian, Bosnian, Serbian
Age range: 
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, Hungarian, Portuguese, Greek, Estonian, Russian, Turkish
Age range: 
14-16, 16-18, >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

Watch a string vibrate in slow motion. Wiggle the end of the string and make waves, or adjust the frequency and amplitude of an oscillator. Adjust the damping and tension. The end can be fixed, loose, or open.

Primary aims of the lab:...Read more

Lab owner: 
Michael Dubson,
PhET Interactive Simulations
Language: 
English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Romanian, Dutch, Hungarian, Portuguese, Greek, Swedish, Czech, Slovak, Danish, Finnish, Slovene, Estonian, Latvian, Russian, Turkish, Chinese, Belarusian, Bosnian, Serbian
Age range: 
8-10, 10-12, 12-14, 14-16
Go-lab approved

Why do objects like wood float in water? Does it depend on size? Create a custom object to explore the effects of mass and volume on density. Can you discover the relationship? Use the scale to measure the mass of an object, then hold the object...Read more

Lab owner: 
PhET Interactive Simulations
Language: 
English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Romanian, Dutch, Hungarian, Portuguese, Greek, Swedish, Czech, Bulgarian, Slovak, Danish, Finnish, Slovene, Estonian, Croatian, Catalan, Galician, Basque, Russian, Arabic, Turkish, Chinese, Japanese, Bosnian, Macedonian, Serbian, Ukrainian
Age range: 
8-10, 10-12, 12-14

Explore what happens at the molecular level during a phase change. The three common physical states of matter (also called phases) are solid, liquid and gas. Matter can change phase with the addition or subtraction of...Read more

Lab owner: 
Concord Consortium
Language: 
English, Italian
Age range: 
10-12, 12-14, 14-16, 16-18

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