A shared passion for science
How you represent your educational institution is often reflected in the relationship with your students and we understand the drive to ensure that they excel in their work. We will leave the teaching to you but Labster’s mission is to provide instructors with the tools that they need to supplement their teaching and empower the next generation of scientists.
The importance and need for these tools became even more apparent in the last year and as we slowly but surely move toward a post-COVID world, it’s clear that technology’s impact on teaching has been tremendous. What we’re seeing is also that technology is here to stay within education and there has been an increasing demand for us to continue to develop simulations to support instructors. To give you a little glimpse into our world and the world of almost a million students, we’re giving you free access to one of our new simulations if you scroll further down. Additionally, below is a video if you’re interested in a more general overview of our virtual labs.
Free access to simulation
Try out one of Labster’s latest virtual laboratory simulations that explores Spectrophotometry and the Beer-Lambert Law. You’ll dive under the hood of the instrument to understand how its components fit together. You’ll be challenged to figure out which pieces perform key functions to build your own working instrument. Why not try out different component layouts and configurations and see how they impact the lightpath used to measure a sample?Once you’ve successfully built your instrument, it’s time to try it out!
To get started, you’ll need to interpret a little data and program the detection settings to the most optimal wavelength for your experiments. Once you’re ready, set the baseline and you’re off! You’ll try out different concentrations of reactant and catalyst to explore how the absorbance measured by the instrument is related to reaction rate. The simulation uses a simulated reaction kinetics model and will show your data plotted in real-time.
Throughout the simulation, the different conceptual elements of Beer-Lambert law are contextualized as the spectrophotometer’s function is explored. By linking abstract concepts like extinction coefficients to the physical attributes represented by each, the links between theory and practice become clear.
Almost every groundbreaking medical breakthrough we celebrate globally has its roots among the humble benchtops of a research lab. From blockbuster drugs to new paradigms of muscle recovery, specialized tools are constantly developed to uncover the molecular mechanisms that separate health and illness.
Spectrophotometry is a simple and ubiquitous technique for measuring compounds using light that has been around since the 1940s, and that has changed little since the first spectrophotometers were commercially available. Despite its technological simplicity, the technique remains critical to many cutting-edge diagnostic procedures, including the confirmation of mitochondrial dysfunction in children. Fill in your details and get instant access to the simulation.
An in-game shot from the simulation
Let us know what you think
Please let us know what you think about the simulation and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have on the simulation itself or anything else surrounding our virtual labs. So feel free to get in touch below and we’ll get back to you!
What the professors say
Higher education survey data - March 2021
Labster recently conducted a survey with answers submitted by over 900 educators within higher education, across numerous countries, which indicated a strong tendency of digitalisation. Firstly, we saw a very high adaptation of virtual labs and/or simulations in current teaching methods. Another interesting segment to note is that there was a very small change for educators using a hybrid learning model now and for when things return to “normal”. These trends express a considerable need for solutions that allow educators to engage their students in the classroom, online, and when they are doing homework.
This is why our simulations have gamification embedded into their design because our past research indicates that engaging students in a capacity that they can easily relate to has more prominent results. All 200 of our simulations have been designed with specific theoretical and technical concepts that align with traditional curriculum but we have also incorporated factors such as student engagement and motivation.