What is Labster?
Labster is a company dedicated to developing fully interactive advanced lab simulations based on mathematical algorithms that support open-ended investigations. We combine these with gamification elements such as an immersive 3D universe, storytelling and a scoring system which stimulates students’ natural curiosity and highlights the connection between science and the real world. The labs are being used by California State University, Harvard, Gwinnett Technical College, MIT, Exeter University, University of New Haven, Stanford, University of New England, Trinity College, University of Hong Kong and Berkeley among others internationally.
Meet Our Founders
Co-founded by Mads Bonde – Ph.D. in Biotechnology from the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) and Harvard Medical School, and Michael Bodekaer Jensen – Bachelor’s degree from Copenhagen Business School and an MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Calling himself “a self-taught geek with a big capital G,” Michael has always been interested in new emerging technologies and gaming. Through his early experience working in an Internet cafe, where people played video games, he met Mads. They bonded over the love of Counter-Strike and Starcraft II.
As a Ph.D. student in charge of the Biotechnology lab at the University of Copenhagen, Mads found that students were having difficulty staying engaged and arriving prepared for lab work. At the same time, Michael was also teaching while pursuing a Ph.D. in Learning Sciences at ETH in Switzerland where he lives and leads Labster from the Zurich office. As Labster started growing so fast though Michael later had to pause the Ph.D. to dedicate himself fully to Labster’s mission to help millions of students around the world. Through their teaching experience, both Mads and Michael understood what needed to be changed to teach science effectively. They decided to transform the way science is taught.
“It was tough to engage the students and make them excited about a topic that we thought was super exciting, like science. How do you design outstanding immersive experiences where students truly learn? By adding engaging storylines and missions, project-based learning, it’s where you really start to see huge learning outcome benefits from the same amount of time spent.” – Michael Bodekaer Jensen, co-founder of Labster.
Further inspired by flight simulators training, Mads and Michael thought, “Why not apply simulations to teaching science?”. And, that’s how Labster was born.
“The ultimate dream is that 10–15 years from now, the Nobel Prize winner who has solved a major global challenge, such as global warming, or cancer, goes up on stage and tells the audience that it all started with Labster.” – Michael Bodekaer Jensen, co-founder of Labster.
Labster Aims to Transform Science Education
Labster’s goal is to make science education accessible to any student with an Internet connection and a laptop. Our vision is to help teachers educate and empower the next generation of scientists to change the world and solve global challenges.
- Like a Flight Simulator for Science Students Students learn science with Labster virtual labs in much the same way that pilots use flight simulators. Labster’s virtual labs are immersive 3D simulations that were developed by scientists and educators to support your curriculum with game-based learning, engaging storylines and 3D visualizations that spark students’ interest in learning at a deeper level. We aim to help students achieve mastery and ownership of their learning.
- Over 2,000 High School, College, and University Partnerships We’re proud and humbled to have partnered with thousands of educators to transform the way students learn science. Together we have reached over 3 million students in high schools, colleges, and universities with virtual labs since 2013.
Teach Your Own Way with Labster
As an educator, you have the flexibility to teach your students with Labster according to your own principles and methods, whatever your pedagogy.
Labster is agnostic to delivery format and can become a part of your strategy whether your classes are delivered face-to-face, hybrid, or online.
Reasons Why You'll Love Labster
Improves student retention and outcomes
Unlimited access to instrumentation
Convenient laboratory access
Fun and engaging 3D animations
Easy tracking of progress & feedback
Integrates with your LMS
Suitable for course re-designs
Dedicated customer support
Aligns with core science curriculum
Helping Millions of Students Globally and Counting...
In July 2020 Labster reached and has helped one million students globally with its virtual lab products. Recently we have surpassed two million students helped globally and we are continuing to grow. Labster products are in more than two thousand institutions and schools.
Give your students the chance to learn science in an engaging and effective way with Labster’s virtual labs. Labster offers students a true-to-life lab experience at a fraction of the cost of a real lab. You can supplement your teaching with virtual labs to prepare your students for the wet lab, to help them understand difficult concepts, to engage them with your science course, and more. You can supplement your teaching with virtual labs to prepare your students for the wet lab, to help them understand difficult concepts, to engage them with your science course, and more.
Meet the Labster Team
Find out what drives each of us to work for Labster. What’s your passion? We’d love to know. Reach out and talk with us!
Reimagining the future of education at TEDx
This 11 minute talk covers out most recent impact studies and demonstrates our new cutting-edge virtual reality learning simulations. Please do share the talk with your friends and colleagues, and help us inspire more teachers around the world, to adopt these new innovative teaching methods.