OpenScience Laboratory

OpenScience Laboratory

Welcome to the OpenScience Lab Experiments for schools

These OpenScience Lab experiments are part of the OpenScience Lab project. You can try either or both of the experiments which are set up as separate courses. They give you examples of the type of experiment that is carried out in university science courses. You can try genetic testing to identify individuals with different numbers of functional genes or you can learn about gas chromatography and mass spectroscopy.

You can study these experiments online at a pace that suits you. Whilst they are designed for self-study, they can also be delivered in the classroom as part of science lessons (this will take 2-3 hours per experiment). You can also download the materials to study offline, though you need to return to the online version to complete the experiments.

These experiments have been developed based material from the Open University Course S288 Practical Science and produced in collaboration with the Opening Educational Practices in Scotland project.

Except for third party materials and where otherwise stated, when individual resources included in these experiments have other licences, the content is made available under a CC BY 4.0 licence.



  • Analysing pesticides experiment

    Analysing pesticides experiment

    Analysing pesticides in the environment using GC-MS

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    Course

    3 hrs

    Level 0 Beginner

  • Genetic variations experiment

    Genetic variations experiment

    Testing for genetic variations using quantitative PCR analysis (polymerase chain reaction)

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    Course

    3 hrs

    Level 0 Beginner

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