Designed to Inspire and Engage
UL XplorLabs is an educational platform designed to encourage students to “solve through science.” It is especially focused on engaging middle school students during a time in their educational lives when interest in science is shown to decrease dramatically. Through interactive videos, instructional experiences, hands-on classroom activities, and creative classroom challenges, this free, STEM-focused experience:
- Builds scientific knowledge, passion, and commitment among students
- Teaches key concepts related to the Next Generation Science Standards disciplinary core ideas, and crosscutting and connecting concepts
- Makes it simple to implement hands-on exercises in the classroom
- Shows students that by using scientific inquiry to ask why a phenomenon happens, they can solve real problems and help create innovative solutions for a safer world
And that’s not all. Expect new capabilities and prepare to investigate new topics as UL XplorLabs continues to evolve and expand.
Frequently Asked Questions
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Did You Know?
Of low-income teens have little or no exposure to pathways to careers in science
On average, K-3 students spend 19 minutes per day on science and 89 minutes per day on language arts
Teachers who conduct hands-on learning activities on a weekly basis out-perform their peers by more than 70% of a grade level in math and 40% of a grade level in science