Top Online Tools and Virtual Labs for Fun Experiments Teachers Must Know 

Top Online Tools and Virtual Labs for Fun

PBS: Nova Labs

A terrific platform for teens and older learners, NOVA Labs is a digital platform where 'scientific citizens' can participate in the scientific process and participate in real-world surveys by visualizing, analyzing and playing with the same data that scientists use.

Every NOVA laboratory is unique and emphasizes a different active field of research. But they all demonstrate key concepts with compelling and informative videos that explain why these research topics matter to students and society. Accompanying each laboratory according to the standards is a guide for educators. Users can set up a free account to follow their progress.

This collection will find some original short videos from Sun LabEnergy LabCloud LabRNA LabCybersecurityLab, and Evolution Lab.

Compatible with: WEB

Price: Free

FlyLab JS

FlyLab Js is a simple yet focused site. It is just plain fun and perfect for beginning and advanced genetic students. FlyJab Js lets you choose your flies' attributes—eye colour, shape, wing size, antennae and predict the result of the offspring from mating. It also lets you cross the flies to test your knowledge. It also allows exporting analysis and lab notes easily.

Compatible with: WEB

Price: Free

Explore Learning Free Gizmos

Gizmos are impressive, multifaceted and highly appealing online simulations that excite curiosity and invite interaction. It has got over 400 Gizmos in its library covering topics and concepts in math and science for grades 3-12. The application lets students dig deeper into subjects and understand challenging concepts with virtual labs. Gizmos also consist of STEM Cases that engage students with real-world problems and virtual guided-inquiry activities.

To begin with Gizmos, all you need to do is create a free teacher account to access a free Gizmos revolving bank. Among the current batch of 36 free Gizmos are the ones studying Hubble's Law, the circulatory system, and the tendencies of periodic tables. Each Gizmo consists of several manipulations targeting various aspects of the topic, assessment questions and guides for students and teachers. Certified COPPA, FERPA, and CSPC compliant. Certified fun.

Compatible with: WEB

 Price: Free

Zooniverse

Whether you are a newbie or an expert, this platform is perfect for every user. It is the world's largest and most popular platform for people-powered research. More than one million volunteers worldwide come together to assist professional researchers in making the research possible. The platform's main aim is to enable research that would not be possible or practical otherwise. Zooniverse research results in discoveries, datasets useful to the broader research community, and many publications.

Currently, projects run from the arts to biology to social science; 79 active projects span 11 disciplines. The education guide provides examples and resources for teachers interested in using this powerful research tool in their classrooms. Classrooms can even create their projects by uploading data to the Zooniverse.

Compatible with: iOS | Android

Price: Free

HHMIBiointeractive

Designed especially for high school and college students, HMMI Biointeractive with Seven free virtual labs covers lizard and stickleback evolution, bacterial identification, clinical lab testing, neurophysiology, transgenic flies, and cardiology. These detailed labs include built-in quizzes, notebooks, and references. To begin with it, you do not need an account, but if you want to save your progress across multiple devices, you must sign in with your Google account.

Compatible with: Web

Price: Free

Learn Genetics Virtual Labs

Developed by the University of Utah Genetic Science Learning Center, Learn. Genetics Virtual labs are five interactive labs covering techniques essential to any molecular biology lab. With DNA and PCR becoming common vocabulary, it is an excellent introduction to highly topical technology.

Compatible with: Web

Price: Free

The Concord Consortium Free Interactive STEM Activities

As the name suggests, the Concord Consortium has an extensive collection of interactive STEM resources, all searchable by grade level, activity type, and STEM topic. Each activity offers a preview and the ability to assign and share with students. Teachers can easily track student work and create assignments by creating a free account. All resources are available for free.

Compatible with: Web 

Price: Free

PraxiLaBS

To begin with PraxiLAbs, you need a free basic account, with which you can access six simulations in English and Arabic. These simulated labs are remarkable, offering sophisticated graphics, PDF and animated guides, assessments, and enrichment activities. The platform has resources on Agarose Gel Electrophoresis, Annexin V Binding/Propidium Iodide Uptake Assay, Tests for Sodium Radical and Aldehydic/Ketonic Groups, Focal Length of a Convex Lens Using General Law, and Measurement of Ohmic Resistances Using Ammeter and Voltmeter.

Compatible with: Web

Price: Free

If you’re looking for the best virtual labs for your students, this article is a perfect resource.

About the Author
Author: Saniya Khan
Saniya Khan I am Saniya Khan, Copy-Editor at EdTechReview - India’s leading edtech media. As a part of the group, my aim is to spread awareness on the growing edtech market by guiding all educational stakeholders on latest and quality news, information and resources. A voraciously curious writer with a dedication to excellence creates interesting yet informational pieces, playing with words since 2016.

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