What are some examples of online simulations for science labs?

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Sometimes it is difficult for students with disabilities to participate in experiments and other science lab activities. Online simulations can help these students participate in science exercises with more independence than may be possible in the traditional lab setting.

The following list, although not comprehensive, provides examples of available science simulations. Inclusion on the list does not imply endorsement.

  • Learn.Genetics offers three virtual, interactive Biotechniques laboratories, where students can learn and practice basic techniques that molecular biologists use every day in DNA extraction, gel electrophoresis, and DNA microarray analysis.
  • http://virtuallaboratory.colorado.edu/ created three virtual laboratory programs in which students are able to learn basic laboratory skills, like measuring out specimens or using lab equipment such as scales and beakers.
  • Educational Space Simulations Project (ESSP) provides simulated space missions through which students experience "real-life" challenges and demands while developing, coordinating, and executing a mission.
  • "Whole Frog" project allows interactive dissection of a frog.
  • Science Simulations offers a huge variety of science simulations covering areas such as physics, molecular modeling, sound, optics, waves, quantum theory, and more.
  • ExploreLearning - Interactive Math and Science Simulations bills itself as the largest and most advanced online repository of math and science simulations for grades 6-12.
  • Center for Polymer Studies (CPS) offers several simulations including pi, randomness, diffusion, drift, and recombination.
  • SimScience includes simulations on surfaces and interfaces, cell membranes, fluid flow, aerodynamics, engineering, and sound.

Last update or review: May 14, 2014