Online Virtual Lab Simulations for Science

ManyLabs – includes:  web-based math and science lessons (with and without sensors), science project instructions (with and without sensors), tools for creating new interactive lessons.

Acids and Aliens – Explore the properties of acids and bases using red cabbage juice.

Interactive Science Simulations – Fun, interactive, research-based simulations of physical phenomena from the PhET™ project at the University of Colorado.

Pearson LabBench Activities – Activities to help review material studied in class or read in a textbook.  Some materials will extend knowledge beyond classwork or textbook reading.

Howard Hughes Medical Institute – Browse and order from a variety of HHMI’s award-winning educational resources, publications, and videos.

New Mexico State University Virtual Labs – These virtual labs train high school and college students in basic laboratory techniques.  Using specific scientific lab processes already used in food science, students practice the methods used by lab technicians and researchers in a variety of careers.

Shockwave Physics Studios – The Shockwave Physics Studios consists of a collection of pages which feature interactive Shockwave files that simulate a physical situation. Users can manipulate a variable and observe the outcome of the change on the physical situation.

McGraw-Hill Online Learning Center – Online virtual labs.

The Virtual Labs Project – Online interactive media which help students learn difficult concepts in human biology.

ChemCollective – An online simulation of a chemistry lab. It is designed to help students link chemical computations with authentic laboratory chemistry.

How Does Your Garden Grow – Asks students to find the best growing conditions for vegetables. In level one students test three variables to grow tomatoes. In level two students test three similar variables, but try growing both tomatoes and snow peas at the same time.

Critters – Students systematically test four variables – temperature, humidity, light, and terrain – to determine what environmental conditions an imaginary animal prefers.  The lab encourages students to think about animal habitats, animal behavior, and both biotic and abiotic factors.

DNA Extraction Virtual Lab – DNA is extracted from human cells for a variety of reasons. With a pure sample of DNA you can test a  newborn for a genetic disease, analyze forensic evidence, or study a gene involved in cancer. Try this  virtual laboratory to perform a cheek swab and extract DNA from human cells.

McGraw-Hill Biology – Virtual Laboratory Links.

Gel Electrophoresis Virtual Lab – Have you ever wondered how scientists work with tiny molecules that they can’t see? Here’s your chance to try it yourself! Sort and measure DNA strands by running your own gel electrophoresis experiment.