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Labster Virtual Lab Initiative

  • Labster Virtual Lab Initiative

It’s possible to transition from a face-to-face laboratory course to a 100% online course without losing academic rigor. Pandemic-related measures may require a learner to stop learn lab-based courses in-person and without a roadmap for learning science online. Fear not! HITS has worked alongside some various virtual laboratory initiativesto help our students achieve positive learning outcomes with remote learning using virtual labs.

HITS partners with Labster, an award-winning simulation platform

Hindustan Institute of Technology and Science (HITS) has signed an MOU with Labster, a company dedicated to developing fully interactive advanced lab simulations for the comprehensive learning of students. Labster is an award-winning platform and received the STEM Education Innovation Award from EdTech Breakthrough earlier this year. The platform helps students learn by interacting with a virtual Laboratory and solving real-case problems. This makes the training of real lab skills possible in a safe, virtual environment where students can safely make mistakes and learn at their own pace. The most basic simulations are ideal as self-study activities for students to review essential concepts. The more advanced simulations are designed to support the course syllabus, reinforcing concepts and giving the students an innovative tool to deepen their learning. Additionally, to support an inquiry-based and deep-learning approach, the platform also poses quiz questions at the end of every concept to test the comprehension of students.

The Labster platform covers a wide range of topics including – Biochemistry; Biotechnology; Cellular and Molecular Biology; Developmental Biology; Ecology; Evolution and Biodiversity; General Biology; General Skills; Genetics; Nutrition; Pharmacology; Physiology; Analytical Chemistry; General Chemistry; Organic Chemistry; Building Engineering; Environmental Engineering; Geotechnics; Oscillations and Waves; Electricity; and Mechanics.

The platform can offer more to a student’s learning process than conventional educational methods can. It provides virtual labs that are safe and that can take place anywhere & at any time. It allows students to learn at their own pace, thus closing the knowledge gap between fast and slow learners. It allows teachers to track student activity, allowing for intervention & support when needed. It enhances the conceptual understanding of students, and it prepares them to eventually use a physical lab, with physical equipment. The most important benefit that it provides is high quality science education at low costs and thus it can benefit more students, more effectively. As an Institution that is interested in the multi-dimensional education of students, HITS uses platforms like Labster to engage the different learning modes of young learners.

The Labster platform covers wide range of topics as listed below:
1. Biochemistry
2. Biotechnology
3. Cellular and molecular biology
4. Developmental Biology
5. Ecology
6. Evolution and Biodiversity
7. General biology
8. General skills
9. Genetics
10. Nutrition
11. Pharmacology
12. Physiology
13. Analytical Chemistry
14. General Chemistry
15. Organic Chemistry
16. Building Engineering/Material
17. Environmental Engineering
18. Geotechnics
19. Electricity
20. Mechanics
21. Oscillations
22. Waves

Detailed list of Labs available in Labster

1. Biochemistry

  • Antibodies
  • Carbohydrates
  • Polymerase Chain Reaction (Principles)
  • Polymerase Chain Reaction
  • Introduction to Food Macromolecules
  • Protein Synthesis
  • RNA Extraction
  • Gel Electrophoresis: Separate nucleic acids

2. Biotechnology

  • ChIP-exo
  • CRISPR-Cas applied to TGF-beta induced EMT
  • FACS
  • Genetically Engineered Machine/li>
  • Viral Gene Therapy
  • Multiplex Automated Genomic Engineering (MAGE):Conjuring massive mutations
  • Molecular Cloning
  • Next Generation Sequencing
  • Plant Transcriptomics
  • Synthetic Biology
  • Tissue Engineering
  • Uracil based excision cloning (USER): Cloning made simple
  • Bioinformatics: An introduction

3. Cellular and molecular biology

  • Cell Membrane and Transport: Learn how transporters keep cells healthy
  • Cell Culture Basics: Plate, split and freeze human cells
  • Cell Structure: Cell theory and internal organelles
  • Cellular Respiration (Principles): Measure energy consumption during exercise
  • Cellular Respiration: Measuring energy consumption during exercise
  • Enzyme Kinetics
  • Electron Transport Chain
  • Fermentation
  • Meiosis: Understand how traits are inherited
  • Cell Division (Principles): Mitosis and Meiosis
  • Mitosis: Using a toxic compound from the yew tree in cancer therapy
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Pigment Extraction
  • Signal Transduction

4. Developmental Biology

  • Embryology: Discover the genetics of limb development
  • Invertebrate Model System
  • Regeneration Biology

5. Ecology

  • Biodiversity: Assess and compare biodiversity on an exoplanet
  • Behavioral Thermoregulation: Help keep a gecksi alive!
  • Competition: Learn to identify and quantify competition between species
  • Ecosystem Dynamics: Assess the effect of fertilizers on the phosphorus cycle
  • Biomes: Identify and create the main biomes on Earth
  • Eutrophication
  • Food webs: Learn about interactions between trophic levels
  • Foraging: Build a foraging theory to save the crops
  • Landscape Ecology: Determine persistence in a spatially heterogeneous landscape
  • Trophic Levels: Grazer vs. predator
  • Marine Biology: Investigate a massive fish death
  • Ecological niches: Choose the right Kuppelfang to bring to Earth!
  • Population Growth: Lets catch some goslins!
  • Spatial Ecology: Learn how the environment can influence the distribution of species

6. Evolution and Biodiversity

  • Evolution: Founding theories and principles
  • Evolution

7. General Biology

  • Confocal Microscopy
  • Introductory Lab
  • Microscopy
  • Light Microscopy
  • Fluorescence Microscopy
  • Spectrophotometry: Learn the Beer-Lambert law with absorbance experiments
  • Fermentation: Optimize bio-ethanol production
  • Aseptic Technique: Culture your sample without contamination
  • Spectrophotometers: Building and exploring the instrument

8. General Skills

  • Experimental Design
  • Lab Safety
  • Pipetting: Master the technique

9. Genetics

  • Animal Genetics
  • Cytogenetics
  • Gene Expression Unit
  • Gene Regulation
  • Monogenic Disorders
  • Medical Genetics
  • Mendelian Inheritance

10. Microbiology

  • Bacterial Cell Structures: An introduction to the bacterial cell
  • Bacterial Growth Curves: Experiment with bacterial growth
  • Bacterial Isolation
  • Biosafety Simulation
  • Bacterial Quantification by Culture
  • The Gram Stain: Identify and differentiate bacteria
  • Control of Microbial Growth: Explore decontamination and selective toxicity
  • Genetic Transfer in Bacteria: Prevent the rise of superbugs!
  • Identification of Unknown Bacteria: Help save baby Kuppelfangs from an epidemic!
  • Introduction to Immunology
  • Pasteurization and Sterilization

11. Nutrition

  • Your Diet and Your DNA
  • Homogenization: Developing better-tasting milk
  • Protein Denaturation

12. Pharmacology

  • Cancer Pharmacology: Provide recommendations in a multimillion-dollar project

13. Physiology

  • Action Potential Lab: Experiment with a squid neuron
  • Cardio-respiratory Physiology: How can seals dive so deep for so long?
  • Cardiovascular Function During Exercise: Learn how your body reacts to exercise
  • Diabetes
  • Endocrinology: Learn how contraceptives work
  • Hematology: Introduction to Blood
  • Thermal Homeostasis: Apply thermoregulation to climate change
  • Renal Physiology: Find the mode of action of a diuretic drug
  • Intestinal Glucose Transport: Study a mouse intestine for diagnosis
  • Sensory transduction: Learn why you feel pain when you get hit by a rock
  • Skeletal Muscle: Learn about the muscles we use to walk and run
  • Smooth muscle: Learn how your gut contracts!
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Introduction to Echocardiography: Use different projections to diagnose patients
  • Homeostatic Control: How does the human body keep itself in balance?
  • Muscle tissues

14. Analytical Chemistry

  • Flow Injection Analysis
  • HPLC
  • Kjeldahl Method
  • Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR): Analyze small protein samples
  • Proton NMR: Spectra interpretation

15. General Chemistry

  • Advanced Acids and Bases
  • Acids and Bases: Acidity and alkalinity in everyday substances
  • Acids and Bases (Principles): Avoid falling in a lake of acid!
  • Atomic Structure (Principles): Atoms and isotopes
  • Atomic Structure (Principles): Bohr and quantum models
  • Atomic Structure: Assess the possibility of life on other planets
  • Basic Chemistry Thermodynamics: Solve the challenge of storing renewable energy
  • Organic Chemistry Introduction: Learn about organic compounds
  • Chemistry Safety
  • Matter and Phase Changes: Distil ethanol
  • Equilibrium
  • Ideal Gas Law: Build your own temperature scale
  • Ionic and Covalent Bonds
  • Periodic Table (Principles): Get the table organized in time
  • Periodic Table of Elements: Get the table organized in time!
  • Redox Reactions: Discover how batteries work!
  • Solution Preparation: From salt to solution
  • Stoichiometric Calculations: Identify a compound using gravimetric analysis
  • Titration: Neutralize an acid lake contamination
  • Reaction Kinetics: The essentials
  • Nuclear Chemistry: Understand the processes happening in the atomic nucleus
  • Simple Distillation: Recycle waste from biodiesel production

16. Organic Chemistry

  • Elimination Reaction: Use cyclohexanol to create polymers
  • Substitution vs. Elimination Reactions: Predict the outcome
  • Nucleophilic Addition: Explore the Grignard Reaction
  • Organic Chemistry Reactivity Rules: Time to react!
  • Electrophilic Addition: Explore reactions of hydrocarbons
  • Nucleophilic Substitution Reaction: Alkyl halides substrates
  • Recrystallization: Purify your solid
  • Liquid-liquid Extraction: Extract caffeine from your everyday drinks
  • Carbon Valence, Hybridization and Angles
  • Hydrocarbon Nomenclature and Representations
  • Functional Groups and Basic Chemical Tests
  • Recrystallization: Dissolve your solid and precipitate your crystals
  • Recrystallization: Filter your crystals and measure the melting point

17. Engineering

  • Concrete Materials Testing
  • Wastewater Treatment
  • Silo Design

18. Physics

  • Basic Electricity: Understand how electricity works
  • Electrical Resistance: Apply Ohm’s law to simple circuits
  • Forces and Free-body Diagrams: Learn how to navigate a drone
  • Newton’s Laws of Motion: Understand active and passive safety in motorsports
  • Conservation of Energy: maximize the mechanical energy of a rollercoaster
  • Vectors and Scalars: Guide two astronauts on a mission to Mars
  • Law of Universal Gravitation: Use gravity to orbit the moon
  • Materials Science with Neutrons: Observe what happens inside a battery!
  • Springs and Masses: Learn how to detect and record earthquakes
  • Springs and Masses (Principles): Learn how to detect and record earthquakes
  • Electromagnetic Spectrum (Principles): Discover the uses and dangers of electromagnetic waves
  • Wave Model of Light (Principles): Use reflection and refraction to take photos
  • Light and Polarization: Learn from Einstein the properties of light

Thus HITS-Labster virtual lab platform will ensure that our learners have the right tools to supplement their learning whether it is in-person, hybrid or fully online.

For Licenses to access labster contact: Dr. Renjith P N