The OpenScience Laboratory

TEL’s nQuire project featured at the launch of the Open University’s OpenScience Laboratory at the Royal Society on 24th July.

The nQuire project offered students the chance to carry out their own science field experiments with digital tools. Prof Mike Sharples – PI of the nQuire project – and Dr Eloy Villasclars-Fernandez presented nQuire to the Royal Society event.

The laboratory aims to share resources for practical science experiments among Open University students and with students across the globe.

Some of the experiences available will include:

  • remote access to laboratories and observatories: students can operate real physical equipment controlled remotely – a method already established in astronomy
  • virtual laboratories and instruments, such as the virtual microscope: interactive screen experiments will include photo-realistic recordings of physical experiments and replicate the behaviours of real specimens
  • online field investigations: these can involve electronic access to a conventional field trip or offer a virtual experience using satellite-borne and remotely-operated sensors
  • citizen science: a distributed way of gathering data, where non-professionals collect or process data as part of a scientific enquiry. This data can be combined to offer new insights.

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