ManyLabs is an online learning platform that enables students of any age to engage in learning how to build devices and tools for scientific or mathematic purposes.
The new education technology, which launched earlier this year, focuses on enabling teachers to create lessons for their students through games, sensors, and simulations about data, scientific processes, and mathematical representations. According to the site, the purpose is to help students address real-world problems through math and data.
With the edtech’s foundation being math and data, the lessons created can include biology, physics, energy, ecology, urban planning, economics, health, and statistics. Teachers using the edtech can also become lesson authors which will keep their lessons available for other users to use. The site will pay lesson authors between $50-$500, or the author can opt to receive 50% of all lesson sales.
Students and teachers are able to download, upload, share, and plot data, and enables students to view the data as a graphs, time lines, or scatter plots.
Most of the introduction kits used for creating lessons are Arduino-based, which is an open-source wiring platform that makes the process of using electronics in projects more accessible. Teachers using the platform have free access to all of the system’s tools including the Arduino tools, quiz authoring, lesson authoring, classroom analytics, and the data set that comes with editing, viewing, sharing and mapping.
The site currently has more than 35 public lessons.