Debate on Virtual Science Labs

November 1, 2006

In an unprecedented move, the US College Board is questioning whether internet-based laboratories, such as simulated chemistry labs or virtual animal dissections popular with US high school teachers, are an acceptable substitute for hands-on science education. In the past decade, online primary and secondary education has grown to a half-million course enrollments across the US. "Professors are saying that simulations can be really good, that they use them to supplement their own lab work, but that theyĆ¢