Science Lab Resources

About The Resources

This page lists a collection of resources for science labs moving online. You can scroll to browse the collection, or jump right to a specific type of resource: e-books, e-resources, how-to, interactive simulations, lab kits, and virtual labs.

A few general tips:

  • Maintain your objectives, and be flexible with your methods.  Contact the CDE Online Learning team for help in re-imagining how your objectives could be met.  As described below, virtual labs and mailed kits are the two basic tools that support virtual labs.
  • Be honest with students about what they will be missing in a virtual lab experience. Will they not be able to smell something?  What piece of learning will they miss by not collecting their own data?

Do you know of a resource that is not listed on this page, or have experience using or accessing a resource? Please let us know by emailing us at We welcome your feedback.


Resource Description
Open Stax Free e-texts on math, biology, chemistry, physics, business, humanities, etc.
2012 Book Archive Creative Commons licensed, freely downloadable.


Resource Description
Merlot Extensive free collection of resources, videos, assignments in science.
Hippocampus Part of NROC. Provides high-quality multimedia content such as videos, animations and simulations in a variety of subjects including math, science, social science and humanities.
National Science Teaching Association Resources for science teachers. Some include homeschool activities that could be adapted for undergraduate course.
Socratica Free instructional videos in many different subjects including science.
Cell Academy Youtube videos organized in one place on cell biology.
National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science A collection of case studies in science. Search by keyword or subject area.
Web Whiteboard Good for quick tutoring or demonstration of class concepts.
Learn Genetics Several science simulations and assignments.
TED-Ed Instructors have option of creating and managing their own lessons or using pre-designed ones.
Microbiology Animation Does not have closed captioning.
Washington State University A curated list of teaching tools.
UVMs Teaching Continuity Facebook Group Facebook group.


Resource Description
The Chronicle of Higher Education How to Quickly (and Safely) Move a Lab Course Online.
OLC Insights Teaching Lab Science Online- Specifically Anatomy and Physiology (A&P).

Interactive Simulations

Resource Description
PhET (CU Boulder) Chemistry and Physics simulations.
LearnChemE (CU Boulder) Chemical Engineering.
Chem Collective Simulations Interactive chemistry simulations.
VUMIE Microbiology laboratory exercises.
University of Arizona Simulations and tutorials in biology.

Lab Kits

Resource Description
Carolina Distance Learning Lab Kits Campus quality lab kits for your online students. 8 product lines and over 200 labs available.   Seems like for $150-$200 you can have 6-8 labs delivered to students.  Requires a 4 week lead time.

Virtual Labs

Resource Description
eScience Labs Kits for mailing to your students that include experiments and exercises. Some digital content/virtual labs also.
TableTop Science Academically rigorous, hands-on science activities ‐ accessible via the Web, available 24‐7.
Virtual Labs USDA and NMSU; covers food science lab processes and basic lab technique.
Beyond Labz Originally created by BYU including Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Biology, Physics, and Physical Science. An individual license is $25 per year, but discounts are available for institution purchase.
Amrita Online Lab Biology and physics. No materials required and has assignments.
McGraw-Hill Biology interactive labs on A&P, genetics, ecosystems, etc.
Labster Virtual learning simulations (labs) in chemistry, biology, physics, anatomy/physiology, medicine, and engineering; a catalog of over 100 labs.