Tuesday, December 16, 2014

NOVA RNA Lab - Explore the Science of RNA

NOVA Labs is site through which students and other aspiring citizen scientists can participate in virtual labs. Some of the labs have been going on for years while others like the RNA Lab are relatively new.

The RNA Virtual Lab is designed for students to learn about the molecular shapes and functions of RNA strands. Students progress through the virtual lab by first watching tutorials then trying to design biomolecules. If students successfully complete all of the challenges in the virtual lab they will be sent on to the Eterna multiplayer online game where they can then collaborate with others on the design of RNA molecules.

Applications for Education
NOVA provides teachers with a comprehensive guide to use the RNA Virtual Lab in their classrooms. Even if your students are not going to advance to the Eterna multiplayer game, they can still learn a lot by taking the RNA video quizzes that are found throughout the lab.