Remote Labs

Authentic opportunities to learn spark student engagement and problem-solving, but how do students experience the real chance to measure radioactivity? The Office of STEM Education Partnerships at Northwestern University is creating experimental facilities via remote online laboratories — iLabs — that enable students and educators to use real instruments, rather than simulations, to carry out experiments from anywhere at any time. Unlike conventional facilities, iLabs can be widely shared and accessed by audiences across the world that may not otherwise have the resources to purchase and operate costly or delicate lab equipment. Access the Office of STEM Education Partnerships’ current radioactivity lab and help them pilot a new lab, launching online this summer, designed to help students understand X-ray diffraction.

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