Science departments worried about budget constraints possibly have a new outlet for teaching students from the experimental side. Late Nite Labs is a website which enables teachers to configure their science labs online and students can virtually use the tools of a lab, including instruments and chemicals.
The site is used by educators ranging from high school to college, including Arizona State University, for primary, pre- and post-labs specializing in Biology and Chemistry. Late Nite Labs comes standard with ready labs, a learning management system, digital lab manuals, and a media player enabling students to interact. Teachers can choose from existing labs or can create their own program through the site’s Lab Builder.
Students who “enter” the lab are able to use various chemicals and will encounter the same reaction as if in a real-life lab – including explosions and fires. They are also able to select from a variety of specimens or whichever one the teacher has selected for the particular lesson.
Educators can manage their classrooms by using the program’s interactive grade book, student roster and class tracker. Teachers can use any of the labs available and can assign whichever ones they choose for their students.
The 24-hour online lab is free for educators, but costs $49.95 per semester for higher education students and $34.95 annually for high school students.