Responding to the growing online education trend and instructor demand for experiential learning methods, a team of PhD-level scientists today launched eScience Labs, Inc. A pioneer of the next generation of science kits, eScience Labs provides quality, safe, and complete at-home experimentation tools for the modern online learner.
“Labs should be more than an experiment, they should be an experience,” says Dr. Nicolas Benedict, president and CEO of eScience Labs. “Learners need lab kits that meet the demands of the evolving learning experience, not the traditional lab-in-a-box, figure-it-out, work-at-your-own-risk lab kits.”
Over the last three years, online learning has grown exponentially, driving an increasing interest in hands-on learning experiences to augment at-home science curriculum. An innovative alternative to complement progressive instruction methods, eScience Labs’ line of lab kits enhance instruction, comprehension and learning outcomes. Intended for advanced high school and introductory-level college students, eScience lab kits deliver:
• Comprehensive, but flexible, hands-on labs designed to fit with any curriculum or teaching style;
• Supplemental online content and teaching aids that are fun and engaging for students;
• Safer experiments for both students and the environment;
• Lab manuals that are clearly written, concise, informative and make labs more user friendly; and
• Complimentary support for student questions via email and phone.
Currently, eScience Labs offers an introductory biology kit comprised of a series of 25 comprehensive labs, as well as an AP biology kit with 12 labs, that can be completed in any order, depending on the instructor’s preference or lesson plan. In addition, the biology kits feature supplemental online videos, demonstrations and learning exercises to enhance learning outcomes and student engagement.
“Designing quality, well-structured labs takes a back seat only to safety,” continues Dr. Benedict. “Some experiments require chemicals and other components that we feel are simply too dangerous for students to perform in the home laboratory. However, some of these experiments are important to understand. By providing online support and supplementary materials, we are able to deliver the learning outcome without the risk.”
In addition to the introductory and AP biology kits, eScience Labs is currently developing physics, anatomy, and microbiology kits.
About eScience Labs, Inc.
Founded in 2007 by a team of PhD-level scientists and academics, Denver-based eScience Labs, Inc. (esciencelabs.com) is the pioneer of the next generation at-home lab kits. Created for online, distance, and homeschooled learners in advanced high school and introductory-level college levels, eScience lab kits provide interactive, safe, and complete hands-on experimentation tools for the modern learner. Designed to fit with any curriculum or teaching style, the kits serve as supplemental course content and provide teaching aids that make scientific exploration both engaging and fun.