The Go-Lab Portal aims at supporting teachers and students in their inquiry learning activities offering online tools to work on scientific problems in a virtual environment. Using the Portal teachers can utilize online laboratories and supporting learning applications to build Inquiry Learning Spaces customized for a certain class.
The online laboratories that Go-Lab is offering can be remotely-operated or virtual. Remote labs can be used by the students to gather data from real physical laboratory setup, including real equipment, from remote locations. Those labs include, for example, the WebLab-DEUSTO Aquarium whose main learning objective is the Archimedes’ Principle and where students can throw balls filled with different liquids in an aquarium (using a web interface) to observe different buoyancy behaviors. Another example is the Faulkes Telescope that offers a database of astronomic pictures as well as the opportunity for the students to remotely operate the telescope and to take their own pictures of the cosmos.
The other kind of online labs are virtual labs. They offer the opportunity to simulate real equipment and experiments. Virtual labs include, for instance, Galaxy Crash simulating collisions of galaxies to make it possible to compare them to student’s predictions that are made in advance for the experiment; LHC Game simulating the whole process of a particle accelerator like the Large Hadron Collider used at CERN; and Splash, the virtual buoyancy laboratory, in which students can learn in a virtual way about Archimedes’ Principle simulating the same experiment as conducted with the remote Aquarium lab described above.
The Faulkes Telescope remote lab and Splash virtual lab
Additionally, the Portal offers access to scientific databases, resources and analyzing tools supporting inquiry learning activities. Those include astronomic photos, 3-dimentional models, simulations, animations, different topics for discussion and examples for different experiments students can work on.
To find and use Go-Lab online labs, inquiry learning apps, and other resources, simply click on the link: www.golabz.eu