June 1st, 2013 - June 1st, 2013 | PROJECT

NOVA Labs ( is a free digital platform that engages teens and lifelong learners in activities and games that foster authentic scientific exploration. From building RNA molecules and designing renewable energy systems to tracking cloud movements and learning cybersecurity strategies, NOVA Labs participants can take part in real-world investigations by visualizing, analyzing, and playing with the same data that scientists use. Each Lab focuses on a different area of active research. But all of them illustrate key concepts with engaging and informative videos, and guide participants as they answer scientific questions or design solutions to current problems. Supporting pages on each Lab site explain the purpose and functions of the Lab, help teachers incorporate it into their classrooms, foster collaboration between users, and help users make connections to the broader world of STEM. Users are encouraged to explore potential career paths through “Meet the Scientists” profiles, and to obtain information about local and national STEM resources.

Project Website(s)

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Project Products
Evaluation of NOVA Labs: Cloud Lab
Evaluation of NOVA Labs: Sun Lab
Evaluation of NOVA's RNA Lab

Team Members

NOVA, Contributor
Brooke Havlik, Project Manager, NOVA



Audience: Adults | Educators | Teachers | General Public | Middle School Children (11-13) | Museum | ISE Professionals | Scientists | Youth | Teen (up to 17)
Discipline: Computing and information science | Engineering | General STEM | Life science | Space science | Technology
Resource Type: Project Descriptions
Environment Type: Broadcast Media | Citizen Science Programs | Games | Simulations | Interactives | Media and Technology | Public Programs | Websites | Mobile Apps | Online Media