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8 Ways Labster Helps High Schools Lead in STEM

Mark Gargarian
High School
Teaching with Labster

In spite of educators being stretched thin, Labster technology is raising the bar for what high schools can offer when it comes to teaching STEM.

Labster’s immersive simulations let students experiment and learn through interactive virtual environments. The most profound impacts, however, happen in the classroom, where Labster empowers instructors to be at their best with a more diverse, engaging, and targeted approach to pedagogy.

Here are 8 ways Labster helps high schools lead in STEM.

1. Enhance learning outcomes 

Studies show that Labster as much as doubles knowledge gains among students when combined with classroom teaching. Additionally, students in both high school and college demonstrated improvements in both motivation and autonomy. The data is clear. Labster has become a powerful STEM teaching tool that translates to higher test scores and greater college preparedness.

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2. Engage students with interactive STEM resources

Get students excited about STEM. Students love Labster because of its gamification, visual learning, and narrative structure. Let students learn at their own pace at home, so that it's easier for them to engage back in class. Simulations encourage experimentation and empower students to see and touch subject matter through real-life scenarios.

3. Win back time for teachers

Take pressure off of teachers who are spread thin, and create opportunities for targeting student needs in the classroom.

  • Flip the classroom: Introduce new ideas and units with a Labster simulation before class, so that students show up ready to dive in. Kickstart discussion with questions from last night’s Labster, or focus class time on addressing roadblocks.

  • Condense wet labs: Replace your most time-intensive wet labs with 50-minute Labster simulations to skip setup and cleanup. Repurpose that time for review, discussion, or new material.

  • Streamline lesson planning: Labster offers pre-planned lessons for core subjects taught across America and around the world. Labster’s simulations align with curriculum standards like NGSS, Advanced Placement (AP) courses, International Baccalaureate (IB), and CTE pathways.

4. Target learning gaps

Track student progress in real-time through teacher dashboards to see where specific students are struggling. Use Labster assessments to evaluate learning outcomes and measure knowledge gaps, so you can spend less time grading and more time intervening.

5. Reinforce your wet Labs

Wet Labs are critical to the science classroom, but they have limitations. They take a long time to set up, you can’t revisit them after cleanup, and some are simply too expensive to be realistic. Labster's virtual labs help teachers:

  • Prepare students in advance: Use Labster for a trial run, or assign it to teach lab skills/safety in advance.

  • Revisit and review: Use a Labster to go back and refresh your students on a wet lab, long after cleanup.

  • Assess applied knowledge: Use Labster as a wet lab assessment to see if students learned how to put their knowledge into practice.

  • Add new labs: Get around costly equipment and materials to offer new and exciting experiences.

6. Meet diverse learning needs

Some students excel with a textbook and a notepad, but others struggle to focus on traditional lectures or reading assignments. Labster expands your toolbox to meet a wider array of learning needs.

  • Let students set their own pace: For some students, the race against the bell can be disorienting. Let students complete labs at their own pace, pausing and returning over multiple days. Give students the freedom of unlimited attempts to try again until they get it right and understand the material.

  • Empower different learning types (visual, ESL and SPED): Help students visualize high-level concepts and use gamification to make science fun and exciting. This is especially important for ESL and SPED learners who rely more on visual aids.

  • Enable one-on-one support: Do a Labster STEM simulation in the classroom to create a framework for mentoring. Walk students through the simulation together, or let proficient students speed ahead while you spend time with those who need personal guidance.

7. Prepare students for STEM careers

Labster is used in the programs of leading universities, offering ambitious high school teachers the chance to elevate their curriculums. Prepare students for STEM careers with advanced courses for accelerated learning pathways.

8. Expand your curriculum

Increase access to experiential learning opportunities that would otherwise cost millions. With over 200 courses, Labster reimagines what schools can offer, taking students everywhere from the quantum realm to the surface of Mars.

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