Labster Uses Gaming To Teach Biotech Skills

Labster Uses Gaming To Teach Biotech Skills

The new virtual laboratory game lets students get experience with expensive equipment.

In elementary school, science class is an exciting time to learn how the world works. However, once students take things to the next level, a world of tedious, hard work awaits them. Turns out, not being like CSI is making science a hard sell to kids these days. Harvard grad Mads Bonde wants to make science, specifically biotechnology, more accessible with Labster, a virtual laboratory that aims to teach both basic principles and applications, all without requiring expensive equipment.

"Many students drop out of their degrees at the beginning, where they have a lot of basic learning that is often far removed from the potential exciting future they are heading to," Bonde says. The idea behind Labster is to link everything back to a real-world application and demonstrate why the boring stuff's important.

To that end, Labster uses real-world situations to teach. Players will perform virtual experiments to do everything from sequence DNA from ancient bones to identify murderers. Meanwhile, they'll get experience using millions of dollars of lab equipment. Bonde's team's even working on a lab builder, which would allow schools to build their own dream labs.

Labster runs right in your web browser. If the idea of virtual lab work sounds appealing, you can sign up for a free account and start solving cases right away.

Source: New Statesmen

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Call me old fashioned, but I prefer my Biotech courses to be taken, not ster'd
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What a clever lobster, is this why vegans do their thing?

That actually might help me with my Biochemistry studies. Hell, we even studied the enzyme active sites at at 0:29. So I'm definitely looking forward towards that application.

yes, my dream of killer cyborg clones army has made one step forward to reality.

this is really cool. going to try it out.

Now this is cool. It's also a good example of Games doing some real world good.

I don't now anything about biotech. Would I need to know some basic stuff beforehand?

Evil Smurf:

What a clever lobster, is this why vegans do their thing?

KOMega:
I don't now anything about biotech. Would I need to know some basic stuff beforehand?

Evil Smurf:

What a clever lobster, is this why vegans do their thing?

Also biotech sounds like a villain in a resident evil game.

Evil Smurf:
Also biotech sounds like a villain in a resident evil game.

no, no. Biotech is completely safe. Now Gentek, totally evil. See how they misspell tech?
Evil evil evil. :P (Gentek is a company from Prototype)

Seriously, if there was a company called Biotech (or BioTek :P), I'd totally expect some zombie-cyborg hybrid invasion to originate from them.

KOMega:

Evil Smurf:
Also biotech sounds like a villain in a resident evil game.

no, no. Biotech is completely safe. Now Gentek, totally evil. See how they misspell tech?
Evil evil evil. :P (Gentek is a company from Prototype)

Seriously, if there was a company called Biotech (or BioTek :P), I'd totally expect some zombie-cyborg hybrid invasion to originate from them.

Is'n't that from Repo? Or is that Genetech?

KOMega:
I don't now anything about biotech. Would I need to know some basic stuff beforehand?

Judging from that website's preview, it lists PCR, Chromatography and DNA sequencing. Unless you're an university biomed student, knowing how to operate those won't have much use. Not to mention you'd have to read up course material on those procedures

HOT DAMN! I'm on my way!

I can't afford lab equipment, and being homeschooled, I never had access to serious scientific education outside of books. This may just be the thing to help me to better understand the one of my first loves; Experimentation.

What a nice coincidence! Ian Davis wrote about my game "Strip Em All" two weeks ago and when I click his name to find his mail adress (we have updated the game) I find this instead. I'm also a university biomed student and am currently researching the educational games market and I had no idea about this being developed just a few miles from my city! Well, I just tried it and though i didn't know about the game, it is uncomfortably familiar to my biomed experience (I'm not fond of lab work...) Will definitely keep my eyes on this. I don't think it will influence our upcoming biochemistry games, but I sure will use it to rehearse some subjects from last semster!

 

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