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Solve real problems through science and engineering and become part of the movement to make the world a safer place.

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The Mission

Engaging the Next Generation
of Real-World Problem Solvers

With UL Xplorlabs, we push, pull, smash, and set fire to every limit in order to solve real-world safety science problems and set the safety standards that will change tomorrow. All while adhering to the standards of today. Every research-based, teacher-tested UL Xplorlabs element aligns with key Next Generation Science Standards.

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The Science and Practice of Xplorlabs

Introducing our NEW webinar series! Learn the scientific content from the research experts at Underwriters Laboratories, and how that content expertise is highlighted in a given module, led by the subject matter experts themselves. Also, learn the practical application of the module for teaching in a virtual setting, led by educational experts and including time for participants to plan and engage with other teachers.

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From the website to the classroom

A Toolkit for Educators

With so much great information readily available for your students, we want to provide you with all the necessary information on how you can get started with Xplorlabs right away! Xplore some of the facts about our modules and learn how you can take the entire Xplorlabs Xperience from the website to your classroom, through our Toolkit.

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Featured Modules

Extraction to E-Waste: The Lithium-Ion Battery Supply Chain

Safe and sustainable cities will depend on lithium-ion batteries to power our modern lives. But what are the costs? Where do batteries come from before we get them, and where do they go once they are used? What about the problem of e-waste? Take the journey of a mobile phone’s lithium-ion battery from extraction to e-waste to understand what the risks are and what we can do about them.

Fire Forensics: Claims and Evidence

How do claims and evidence support the process of forensics in fire investigation? There’s been a fire. Your students’ job will be to solve the case, to figure out where the fire started (point of origin) and how (cause)? To do this your students must learn the basic science of fire -- how it behaves and the evidence it leaves left behind, and then apply that knowledge to solve the case.

Portable Electrical Power

From hoverboards to cell phones, portable electrical power makes life as we know it possible. But it can come with some dangerous possibilities. Let's investigate, experiment and search for solutions.

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XTENSIONS

Extend the Learning

Extend the learning! Through the Portable Power Challenges, students will design a solution for an engineering problem through an evidence-based, collaborative, and socially driven process.

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Nitty Gritty Guest Post

Watching my daughter today run around the house frantically looking for a charger because her battery is low during a facetime call, had me asking her, “What would happen to your tablet if you don’t find your charger?”

Erintegration Guest Post

I am blown away by the depth of content and the amount of materials provided...I’ll walk you through what is included in Extraction to E-Waste: The Lithium-ion Battery Supply Chain

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Xtraordinary Educator

I teach in a rather small rural/suburban school with about 300 students in the high school. As a small school we are on a rather tight school budget when it comes to affording materials. As I was preparing the curriculum for the classes, I was told about your website and thought it would be a good chance for my students. As I worked thru the website myself, I thought it would take two class periods for the students to fully complete. WAS I wrong! As the students got into the lab, they grew more involved in what they were doing. Of the 44 students I have this year, everyone said they enjoyed the chance to learn and then apply what they had been shown in what amounted to a real life situation. This has been a great addition to my lessons. I plan on using this lab for as long as I teach forensics and this lab is available to my students. Keep up the great work. It is because of support like yours that I am able to do what I do and my students are so engaged.

Steven Harshfield - Science Department Chairman, Sequoyah High School (Go Eagles!)