New In: Labster's Science Principles Simulations

2020 is shaping up to be quite the exciting year for Labster!

In our recent webinar, What’s New from Labster, we announced the launch of a number of new simulations, packages, and feature upgrades. Briefly, here’s how February looked like in numbers:

  • 19 new simulations
  • 5 existing simulations now adapted for VR
  • 133 simulations in total in our rapidly-growing catalog
  • 4 new simulation course packages
  • 20 simulation course packages overall

Read on to get a more detailed overview of one of our biggest new package launches, the Principles packages.

Science Principles Simulations: What are they and who are they for?

Designed to be suitable for introductory courses or high school classes, the new Principles simulations cover the core principles of scientific concepts in biology, chemistry and physics to introduce students to the topics or provide a base level of understanding for non-majors. 

Some of these simulations were created specifically for this new package, whereas others have been converted or combined from previous simulations (which is why some of these titles may seem familiar to experienced Labster users!).

The Principles simulations have been developed in a number of ways to be more level-appropriate without losing their academic rigor. To better explain difficult concepts, Principles simulations have adapted vocabulary in terms of the simulation flow and quiz questions, as well as modified or shortened content where necessary.

In terms of curriculum alignment, the Principles simulations were created to align with curriculum standards from Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), Advanced Placement (AP), and International Baccalaureate (IB) programs, and contain both core and related simulations within each Principles package for Biology, Chemistry and Physics. These labs are also a mix of both concept- and technique-based so students get a better all-round understanding of the subjects they are learning.

Overall, there are 28 core Principles simulations – 14 of which are brand new – bringing the total to more than 60 simulations included in the overall Principles packages.

Visit labster.com/principles-virtual-labs to find all of Labster’s resources related to the Principles simulations, including white papers and past webinars.

Keep scrolling to read the article as a whole, or jump straight to a specific subject below:

Biology Principles Simulations

1. Cellular Respiration (Principles): Measure energy consumption during exercise

Storyline: Help local basketball players understand how the food they eat gets converted to energy through cellular respiration. Use a mouse model to find out how exercise intensity affects oxygen and glucose consumption.

Highlights:

  • Perform respirometry and blood sample analyses to measure and analyze blood glucose and lactic acid concentrations.
  • Easily visualize the processes of glycolysis, phosphorylation and the Krebs cycle in the mitochondria with 3D visualizations and interactive feedback.

2. Cell Division (Principles): Mitosis and Meiosis

Storyline: Join a cell biology research group to find out how a poisonous compound from a yew tree can be used in cancer therapy. You will be immersed in an animation of a human cell and use light and fluorescence microscopy to study cell division.

Highlights: 

  • Understand the different phases of mitosis and meiosis with contextual learning and real-world applications.
  • Perform virtual microscopy to observe and compare the differences between mitosis and meiosis.

Plus, 21 more related titles. Explore all Biology Principles simulations.

Chemistry Principles Simulations

1. Atomic Structure: Atoms and isotopes

Storyline: Learn about the atomic structure of the elements and investigate the properties of element samples from an exoplanet to assess whether life on it is a possibility. Find out what differentiates an atom from an ion and define the isotopes of an element.

Highlights:

  • Get hands-on experimenting with building various isotopes using the holotable.
  • Learning activities embedded within engaging storylines.

2. Atomic Structure: Bohr and Quantum Models

Storyline: Explore the atomic model, absorption and emission spectra, and how they reveal information about stars in galaxies far far away.

Highlights:

  • Explore 3D Bohr and Quantum atomic models with the holotable.
  • Get hands-on experience in an engaging mini-game.

3. Periodic Table (Principles): Get the table organized in time!

Storyline: Help Dr. One get the periodic table ready in time! By directly observing the elements’ characteristics, testing their flame color, and investigating trends in atomic properties, your mission is to figure out where a number of fallen out elements belong.

Highlights:

  • Perform flame color tests risk-free to determine atomic properties.

4. Acids and Bases (Principles): Avoid falling in a lake of acid!

Storyline: Work in a futuristic lab along with a robot assistant to determine the acidity of a lake of acid found on an exoplanet. You will learn how to quantify the acidity and alkalinity of substances.

Highlights:

  • Safely experiment with different acids and bases to understand the logarithmic nature of the pH scale.

Plus, 8 more related titles. Explore all Chemistry Principles simulations here.

Physics Principles Simulations

1. Electromagnetic Spectrum: Discover electromagnetic waves

Storyline: Join Dr. One in the physics lab to discover the different types of electromagnetic radiation and their uses and dangers.

Highlights:

  • Learn all about wavelength and frequency with interactive animations.
  • Discover the uses and dangers of electromagnetic risk-free.

2. Wave Model of Light: Use reflection and refraction to take the perfect photo

Storyline: Visit Antarctica to take the perfect picture of a penguin! You will get help from Albert Einstein, who will teach you how reflection and refraction of light affect the photos you take among the snow and ice.

Highlights:

  • Set up your own optical table to experiment with mirrors and glaciers.

3. Forces and Free-Body Diagrams: May the forces be with you!

Storyline: Finish your training in basic physics concepts to join a cutting edge mechanical engineering lab. Team up with Sir Isaac Newton and understand how various forces affect the motion of objects.

4. Basic Electricity: Understand how electricity works

Storyline: Help the scientists get electricity back in their lab by understanding how electricity works.

Highlights:

  • Experiment with circuit building to try out different voltages and currents.
  • Visualize electricity and how it behaves with engaging animations.

5. Electrical Resistance: Apply Ohm’s law to simple circuits

Storyline: Build your own resistor to contact your fellow scientist colleagues in Antarctica.

Highlights:

  • Practice wiring your circuits with Labster’s new circuit tables, where you can visualize the many different resistors you can use.

6. Conservation of Energy: Maximize the mechanical energy of a rollercoaster

Storyline: Apply the concept of conservation of energy to make the Labster roller coaster ride faster and more exciting. Calculate potential, kinetic and mechanical energy using the formula board to determine how to best improve the roller coaster track.

Highlights:

  • Manipulate formulae for potential, kinetic and mechanical energy with Labster’s interactive formula board.

7. Newton’s Laws of Motion: Understand active and passive safety in motorsports

Storyline: Join a team of motorsport engineers and learn the basics of Newton’s laws of motion. Understand the basic principles of passive and active safety while driving a high-class race car.

The Physics Principles package also includes one related title, The Law of Universal Gravitation, and expect more core titles coming soon! Explore all Physics Principles simulations here.

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