The Science and Practice of Xplorlabs

Welcome to the webinar page of UL Xplorlabs!

As educators make the monumental shift from in-person teaching to online instruction, Xplorlabs is a valuable virtual learning resource designed to be flexible. From whole-class instruction to self-directed learning for individual students, Xplorlabs classrooms are fluid to meet the needs of online learning in all of its many forms. All webinars are completely free and open to all educators.


The science of xplorlabs: Extraction to E-waste
Tuesday, June 30, 2020 – 3:00pm Central Time

The first webinar of the series will include a presentation by UL researcher Dr. Tom Chapin about lithium-ion batteries, the phenomenon of thermal runaway, and the issue of e-waste. Then, education director Dr. Kelly Keena will walk through the newest UL Xplorlabs module built on that science, Extraction to E-waste: The Lithium-ion Battery Supply Chain.

– June 30 Program: Recording & Speakers

The Practice of xplorlabs: Extraction to E-waste
WEDNESDAY, JuLY 15, 2020 – 3:00pm Central Time

Xplorlabs is a resource built from the science and research at Underwriters Laboratories. These resources were designed to be flexible for educators to use in their unique context and teaching style. Extraction to Ewaste: The Lithium-ion Battery Supply Chain is also a resource about trade-off’s. Build a line of inquiry for your students with Dr. Katey Shirey in this interactive webinar intended to map out how to implement this Xplorlabs module with your students. Team participation is encouraged! Please view the webinar from June 30 or become familiar with the module before the webinar.

– JuLY 15 Program: recording & Speakers

The Science of xplorlabs: fire forensics
TUESday, august 4, 2020 – 3:00pm Central Time

Join Dr. Dan Madrzykowski to take a deeper look at fire investigation through the science of fire dynamics and ventilation. Learn how investigators build their claims supported by evidence to explain how and where a fire starts. Then, learn how students mirror this process through the Fire Forensics module. Travis Koupal will discuss how he implemented Xplorlabs Fire Forensics through distance-learning with his middle school students.

– august 4 Program: Recording & Speakers

The practice of Xplorlabs: fire forensics
TUESday, august 18, 2020 – 6:00pm Central Time

Dr. Amy Gilbert will lead participants through the interactive investigations that are part of UL Xplorlabs: Fire Forensics. Practice building evidence-based explanations for real burn scenarios, even as part of a distance learning environment.

– august 18 Program: Recording & Speakers

The Science of Xplorlabs: portable electrical power
TUESday, September 8, 2020 – 4:00pm Central Time

Lithium-ion batteries have proliferated into a myriad of applications today.  They are used not only in consumer electronics in our day to day life but are also found in several other ground, sea and space applications.  This battery chemistry has the highest energy density of rechargeable battery chemistries but along with the advantage comes the disadvantage of its propensity to experience a fire and thermal runaway if the batteries are not designed or used in the appropriate manner.  This webinar will go through the basic chemistry of lithium-ion batteries, the hazards associated with them and how one can avoid some of the causes that lead to catastrophic failures with these batteries.

september 8 Program: recording & Speakers

The Practice of Xplorlabs: portable electrical power
Wednesday, September 23, 2020 – 6:00pm Central Time

Meet and strategize with fellow educators in this free webinar! Dr. Katey Shirey will lead an interactive planning session on engineering design, data exploration, and experimentation based on the UL Xplorlabs module Portable Electrical Power.

september 23 Program: recording & Speakers

The Practice of Xplorlabs: fire forensics
Tuesday, october 13, 2020 – 5:00pm Central Time

Join us for a workshop on community-building and classroom engagement in this webinar led by Sean Gray, Cobb County Fire Captain and Sally Creel, STEM and Innovation Supervisor of Cobb County Schools. Captain Gray and Dr. Creel are architects of an effective community partnership between Cobb Fire and Cobb Schools. This partnership fully utilized education and fire expertise to strengthen UL Xplorlabs: Fire Forensics as an effective, relevant learning tool for students.

october 13 Program: Recording & Speakers