The OpenSTEM Labs Showcase

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Invitation from the OpenSTEM Labs team

Experience some of the exciting practical activities we provide for our students via our remote access laboratories. Any one of these short interactive trials allows you to go beyond just reading about what we do...if you already know the OpenSTEM Labs story skip straight to 'Try it Yourself'.

Background
The OpenSTEM Labs challenge the traditional pedagogic model for practical work of students and teachers being co‑located in a lab, during office hours.

The OpenSTEM Labs connect students to state‑of‑the‑art instrumentation and equipment for practical enquiries over the internet, where distance is no longer a barrier and where access is available up to 24 hours a day.

Users view the experiment, send real‑time control commands, monitor real‑time performance and download data for subsequent analysis all through a web browser.

The following two short videos explain our approach and introduce a few of our extensive resources:

The OpenSTEM Labs summary (30 seconds) 
The OpenSTEM Labs backstory (6 minutes)

Try it Yourself
First, if you have not already done so, you will need to register to get access to our experiments. It is a quick and easy process, just click on the 'Register' link in the top right of this page. Once registered come back here and you will be able to go through to the equipment we have prepared.

Below are links to some of the diverse range of equipment we have on offer, each with a short exercise sheet to guide you through a 15 minute 'hands‑on' session. We suggest you familiarise yourself with the exercise sheet before choosing which activity to do. Also included is a link to two virtual experiment pages.

The link to the lab will take you to that experiment’s landing page, as seen by our students, from where you will be able to book a time slot for your experiment. If you cannot get immediate access to a piece of equipment, you will be able to book ahead.

Slightly in advance of the alloted time return to the booking system – when the session is live this will take you straight to the experiment.

Please note Pendulum and Fourier experiments
You currently will need to use Firefox or Chrome to access these experiments. Recent changes to the Firefox and Chrome browsers to prevent nuisance advertisements mean that sound has to be turned off by default, otherwise the video content will not load automatically. Both sound and vision are seen as important to the laboratory experience, so we recommend that you turn up the volume once you have entered an experiment. You will find the Volume control at the bottom right of the Video panel.

Please use this link to check if the browser and network combination you currently are on will allow you to access these two experiments.

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