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The OpenSTEM Labs

The Open University has a long history of using innovative methods to deliver authentic practical experiences in STEM subjects. The OpenSTEM Labs is our latest development. Comprising a number of labs, each with a distinct identity, meeting modern student and national skills-based needs.

The OpenSTEM Labs challenge the traditional STEM pedagogical model of students and teachers being co-located in a lab during ‘office hours’. We connect students to instrumentation, data and equipment for practical enquiries over the internet, where time and distance is no longer a barrier – any time, any place access.


We have an expanding offering of which we are proud of and invite you to further explore our facilities...

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About Us

Our vision, guiding principles and the assets we currently deploy.

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The OpenScience Laboratory

The OpenScience Laboratory, launched in 2013 with funding from the Wolfson Foundation, provides an authentic sense of place with access to real data through authentic interfaces.

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The OpenScience Observatories

Consisting of two remotely operated optical telescopes based in Tenerife, and a radio telescope based at our campus in Milton Keynes.

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The OpenEngineering Laboratory

Launched in 2017 this provides practical lab-based teaching at a distance encompassing engineering, electronics, control, materials, and robotics.

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On Campus Labs, LabCasts and FieldCasts

The on campus laboratories allow students to acquire and practice lab-based skills. Lab and field casts provide an interactive experience by connecting students and lecturers via live web streaming.

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The OpenNetworking Laboratory

Introductory practical computer networking skills.

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Get in touch

How to contact us and keep up-to-date with developments in the OpenSTEM Labs.


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In addition to teaching on Open University modules our academics are engaged in ground breaking research that benefits individuals and society.

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