RECOVER Launches New Virtual Lab
– MARCH 16, 2017
(From Winter 2017 Newsletter) The GoMRI-funded consortium Relationships of Effects of Cardiac Outcomes in Fish for Validation of Ecological Risk (RECOVER) recently launched a new education tool called the “RECOVER Virtual Lab.” Narrated by Ph.D. and Master’s students working with the consortium, the RECOVER Virtual Lab takes teachers and students through a series of videos and simulations, similar to experiments scientists would do in the lab to study oil impacts on mahi-mahi and red drum. The simulations include a description of RECOVER’s swim tunnel, or “swim treadmill” for fish. Students and educators can then visualize the data produced, repeat the experiments, and discuss their findings. In addition to the simulations, the Virtual Lab includes transcripts and a workbook educators can use as a lesson guide in their classroom. At the end of the experiments, the RECOVER Virtual Lab provides a brief quiz to test users on what they’ve learned. RECOVER plans to add additional lessons in the future to cater to different grade levels and assess the impact of oil on fish though multiple types of experiments.
The Virtual Lab is available online at www.recovervirtuallab.com and will also be available for free download for the iPad from the App Store.