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Our UL Xplorlabs modules encourage students to use scientific inquiry to engage with new topics – inspiring them to think like a scientist, learn about and explain real-world phenomena, and analyze and extend results.

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.

CATEGORY: Battery Safety
COMPLETION TIME: 1-2 Class Periods

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.

CATEGORY: Fire Forensics
COMPLETION TIME: 2-4 Class Periods

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.

CATEGORY: Portable Electrical Power
COMPLETION TIME: 1-2 Class Periods