6 December 2016 – Labster is exploring new platforms by which students can access its laboratory simulations and is pleased to announce the release of its first Google Daydream-compatible virtual reality (VR) simulation, ‘Labster: World of Science’.
This new simulation, modeled on Labster’s original ‘Lab Safety’ virtual lab, continues to incorporate scientific learning alongside of a specific context, enriched by story-telling elements. The use of the Google VR platform has enabled Labster to fully immerse the student, or science enthusiast, in a wet lab that can easily be navigated with intuitive usage of Daydream’s handheld controller.
The goal of ‘Labster: World of Science’ is to show users how to knowledgeably and safely use a wet lab. These basic lab skills are the cornerstones of a scientist’s education and will help to provide the foundation for their skillset as they seek to resolve some of the world’s most complicated problems. Students are introduced to the complexities around climate change in order to provide context for this lab experience.
Labster is exploring VR simulations as the natural evolution of its virtual lab simulations. Labster has previously discovered that its virtual labs increase knowledge retention in students by 101%, and early research is indicating that students will be able to achieve even greater knowledge retention in VR simulations. According to Professor Shailey Minocha of the Open University Initiative, “(VR) promotes inquiry-based learning. When students have had a 360-degree experience, the questions they ask tend to be much more analytical, higher-order questions.” Labster is looking to achieve even greater student results via VR in this new ‘learning space’.
This simulation is currently available at no cost on Google Daydream-compatible phones, and can be accessed at the Daydream Play Store here.