Google, Labster collaborate on VR science labs for students

August 29, 2018 // By Rich Pell
Google, Labster collaborate on VR science labs for students
Google (Mountain View, CA) and online science teaching tool provider Labster (Copenhagen, Hovedstaden, Denmark) have collaborated on bringing "3D virtual labs" to students, enabling them to conduct unlimited science experiments without requiring actual lab resources.

The companies had announced in May that they were teaming up "to unlock the physical lab requirements in biology courses" using advanced simulations to reflect real-world outcomes and mathematically accurate equations. The partnership combines Labster's online virtual lab simulation tools with Google's Daydream VR platform and currently offers more than 30 virtual labs.

Now, says Labster, through its Daydream app users can now get access to a number of new Labster VR virtual lab simulations. Many more are to follow in the coming months, the company says.

The Labster VR labs have been developed in collaboration with faculty at Arizona State University in order to validate the content of the labs and ensure that all learning objectives were met. Enough so that the university is able to provide full course credit to ASU students using Labster VR simulations as part of their course.

In the fall, says Labster, ASU will launch its first fully online biology degree using Labster VR. The degree will consist of 30 Labster VR simulations in cellular and molecular biology, ecology, and animal physiology.

More students are expected to be using Labster VR soon as well, says the company, including students at Roskilde University (Denmark), the University of Texas (San Antonio), McMaster University (Canada), and Roger Williams University (Rhode Island). In addition, several of these universities will be further researching the use of VR in higher education.

Labster's biology VR labs are available on the Lenovo Mirage Solo with Daydream and the Google Daydream View VR headsets.

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