What are the Beyond Labz virtual labs?
The Beyond Labz virtual labs are a set of realistic and sophisticated simulations covering general chemistry, organic chemistry, biology, physics, and physical science. In these laboratories, students are put into a virtual environment where they are free to make the choices and decisions that they would confront in an actual laboratory setting and, in turn, experience the resulting consequences. All of the virtual labs are based on real data or the most sophisticated and accurate models available. We want students to explore the classic experiments in science and, as a result, discover the underlying principles following their own path.
What subjects and topics are covered by Beyond Labz?
The Beyond Labz virtual labs are divided into five major products covering general chemistry, organic chemistry, biology, physics, and physical science. Each of the products, in turn, are divided into lab benches that focus on specific segments of the discipline, some of which are shared between products. Below is an overview of what is provided in each product.
General Chemistry: Inorganic Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis, Acid-Base and Potentiometric Titrations, Gas Properties, Atomic Theory and Quantum Mechanics, Calorimetry.
Organic Chemistry: Organic Synthesis, Qualitative Analysis, Spectroscopic Characterizations (FTIR, 1H-NMR, 13C-NMR, Mass Spectrometer).
Biology: Microscopy (Compound, Dissecting, SEM, TEM), Genetics, Molecular Biology, Ecology, Systematics.
Physics: Mechanics (Free Motion, Orbital Motion, Ramp Motion, Collisions, Frictions, Solar System), Density and Buoyancy, Circuits, Optics, Gas Properties, Calorimetry, Quantum.
Physical Science: Mechanics, Density, Circuits, Optics, Gases, Calorimetry, Quantum, Titrations, Inorganic.
Are lab activities or assignments included in the product?
Yes, lab activities or worksheets are included for each product and can be found in the Worksheet tab in the Beyond Labz app. The lab activities are organized by product and by level (e.g., high school and/or higher ed) and for some products the lab activities are further organized by subject. Currently, the lab activities are in a PDF format. Clicking on a lab activity opens the worksheet in the default PDF viewer where the student can follow the procedures and answer questions.
For what education level is Beyond Labz useful and appropriate?
Beyond Labz has laboratory activities appropriate for middle school, high school, and higher education. In an actual educational laboratory, a physical lab does nothing until the instructor provides guidance, procedures, and learning goals for the student. Beyond Labz follows this same approach and separates the virtual experiments from the pedagogy, thus the virtual labs can be used for any level as long as the content is designed appropriately for the targeted educational level. This process is made more efficient by pre-populating a lab bench (what we call a preset) with the necessary equipment for the selected lab activity.
Can I get a free trial?
Yes, Beyond Labz can be downloaded for free and once installed provides free, unlimited access to all of the virtual labs for 1 day. A license code will need to be purchased for any access after the first day, however all of the lab activities would still be available for review.
Do I need to purchase a license code?
Beyond Labz can be downloaded for free and once installed provides free, unlimited access to all of the virtual labs for 1 day. A license code would need to be purchased for any access after the first day. License codes are valid for one year from the date of purchase.