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 and invite you to further explore our facilities...
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.
Consisting of two remotely operated optical telescopes located in Tenerife, and a radio telescope and the George Abell Observatory, at our campus in Milton Keynes.
Launched in 2017 this provides practical lab-based teaching at a distance encompassing engineering, electronics, control, materials, and robotics.
The OpenHealth Lab encapsulates experiments and activities that are used in our Health Science and related qualifications.
Our vision, guiding principles and the assets we currently deploy.
A laboratory is a space for learning by doing and reflection, a place for experiential learning. We've got a laboratory for you that's accessible no matter how far away you are. We'll give you a connection to an internet of laboratory things where authentic interfaces will link you to real data. It's a place for collaborative working and it's open all hours.
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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