Getting to Know Us
Check out this interview with one of our team members.
Ben Bowles Has a Philosophy: Learn Continuously
In Ben’s perfect world, every science student has the opportunity to overcome knowledge gaps with a dedicated teacher and the help of Labster.
What is your favorite part about being a member of the Labster team?
What brought me to Labster is our core mission around education, learning, and gaining insight. A lot of what we do here has a personal connection for me. If Labster had been a thing when I was in school, especially in some of my non-physics science courses, it would have been really helpful. So I’ve been on the other side of this and I know Labster can help.
How would Labster have helped you when you were in college?
I think for me and a lot of lab students, you just follow each step, write down the numbers, write the lab report, and move on to the next thing. And then you forget about it, you have too much stuff to worry about to actually learn.
I hit a wall pretty early on with my college chemistry course. I was so focused on my physics courses that I didn’t focus enough during the chemistry lab. I also didn’t have enough attention from the TAs (they were great, but couldn’t serve the individual needs of hundreds of students at once).
In my perfect world, before every student walks into that lab class and starts doing the experiment themselves, they’ve already done it through Labster. That way that they can fully appreciate the science that’s happening in front of them when they are in a lab.
What makes you so passionate about learning?
‘Learn Continuously’ is a philosophy of mine. I’m always looking for ways that I can learn new things and continue to grow. The process of learning is really important to me.
I think we can sometimes forget what it feels like not to understand. Once you understand something and you have that moment of insight, it’s a powerful change. I can remember when I was a college student I had some courses that I struggled with because of a knowledge gap. I used to have the feeling that my professor was just way too smart for me. It’s very difficult for all of us, including professors, to remember what it’s like to be ignorant.
Having the common ground of Labster allows professors and students to connect and get on the same page.
How do you like to conduct your sales demos?
As best I can! I think the most important thing is to understand who the instructor is and what they’re trying to achieve with their courses. Every educator is going to be different, and they are instructing with different approaches and for different reasons, especially in higher ed. Understanding this is the first part of not just the sales demo, but of using the Labster platform as a resource. It’s important to realize that Labster is here as a tool, not to replace good people who are dedicated teachers.
What do you like to do in your free time?
I love skiing. I’m looking outside right now and we’ve got snow, which is great. I’d like to be on the snow a lot more. Hopefully COVID doesn’t impact that too much this season. We’ll see. I’ve also been getting back into video games lately. I was away from that for a bit, but I’m settling back in and earning my nerd card back.
“I’m happy to be a part of how Labster sparks curiosity, how we are in a space where we can be dedicated to facilitating the learning process. It’s so cool.” – Ben Bowles
Get in touch with Ben and his team
Ben Bowles is Labster’s Regional Director for Scientific Partnerships in Tennessee and South Carolina. If you are a teacher searching for a virtual lab for your science courses, get in touch with Ben or one of his colleagues now!
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