The OpenScience Laboratory

An initiative of The Open University and The Wolfson Foundation

This online laboratory brings interactive practical science to students anywhere and anytime the internet is available. The laboratory features investigations based on on-screen instruments, remote access experiments and virtual scenarios using real data. Several activities are available to all, while others are available only to registered users.

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All experiments (filtered; page 1 of 4)

  • A-level: virtual microscope

    Subject Bio

    A collection of slides covering animal and plant tissues in the school curriculum.

  • Sedimentary Cyprus

    Subject Earth

    Virtual hand specimens of rocks from the Pakhna and Lefkara formations.

  • The Digital Geology Kit

    Subject Earth Env

    View mineral, rock and fossil specimens in high-quality images and videos.

  • VM for Earth sciences

    Subject Earth Env

    Examine 3D specimens and microscope images of rocks, meteorites & moon rocks.

  • Treezilla

    Subject Env Bio

    Map and record Britain's trees using Citizen Science.

  • Eating for energy

    Subject Env Bio

    An investigation into why greater horseshoe bats are so rare in Britain today.

  • Sorting out soils

    Subject Env Bio Chem

    Examine the physical and chemical characteristics of soil.

  • Elementary flame test

    Subject Chem Phys

    A simple demonstration of the characteristic colours produced by metallic salts in flames.

  • Labcast: Practical science from 300 million miles away

    Subject Phys Astro

    Recording and post-Labcast discussion

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