ATIC Is partnering with GAZeL's Innovative Learning Collaborative to explore a partnership with Labster, the Virtual Laboratory Simulation Education Group based in Denmark. We are forming a Team/Community Of Interest to explore the feasibility of developing a statewide consortium and funding mechanism with Labster and K-12 schools, universities and community colleges to provide Labster virtual online laboratory modules for all schools in Arizona for free or low cost. Labster has partnered with leading universities such as Harvard and MIT, and they currently have a project with the Global Institute of Sustainability at ASU. FYI,
Here is why we are interested. Virtual Laboratory Simulations can dramatically enhance student learning in science and STEM education when used to compliment or even replace traditional teaching methods. An independent University research study showed a 76 % increase in learning outcomes by using Labster’s gamified laboratory simulation, compared to traditional teaching, and a 101% increase when used in combination, suggesting an untapped potential for increasing the skills of science students and graduates. Imagine if students could have unlimited access to multi-million dollar MIT/Harvard-quality laboratory facilities anywhere in the world, anytime. (Labster). Now imagine how Arizona could transform Science and STEM Education through Gamified Virtual Laboratory Simulations, especially in rural communities that do not have access to labs at colleges and universities.