Labshare for schools
Laboratory experimentation is central to science education. Allowing primary and secondary school students to "experience" science through experimentation supports their learning and motivates their engagement while fulfilling specific curriculum requirements.
The nature of remote laboratories allows students to make experimental observations on real equipment, capturing, studying and analysing rich experimental data - making the learning more active, engaging and motivating for students. Improving engagement and interest at an early age is critical to addressing the shortfall of students entering science-based professions.
The benefits of remote laboratories are particularly significant for schools and students that struggle with access to science facilities: those schools in lower socio-economic areas, regional and remote schools, and smaller schools that do not have sufficient numbers of students to support the development of adequate science facilities. Previous small-scale 2010/2011 trials in NSW and WA demonstrated feasibility and educational value.
Remote laboratories allow for a single common pool of equipment to be shared across many schools and many students.