About NOVA Labs
NOVA Labs is a new digital platform where "citizen scientists" can actively participate in the scientific process. From predicting solar storms and designing renewable energy systems to tracking cloud movements and learning cybersecurity strategies, NOVA Labs participants can take part in real-world investigations by visualizing, analyzing, and sharing the same data that scientists use.
Each Lab is unique, and focuses on a different area of active research. But all of them illustrate key concepts with engaging and informative videos and guide participants as they answer scientific questions or design solutions to current problems. Experts in the field are available as well to answer users’ questions and to propose new routes of investigation.
The Labs you see today are just the beginning. Over time, new Labs covering a wide range of topics will challenge users to learn about science by actually doing it, to think like scientists and sometimes even contribute to real-world investigations. For a list of Lab ideas in development, visit our Upcoming Labs page.
For nearly 40 years, NOVA’s been reporting from the frontlines of research, translating the ideas and sharing the passion of scientists who've changed the world. Now, through these Lab experiences, we’re adapting the storytelling skills we use in our TV programs to help teens and lifelong learners take part in research themselves. Our guiding principle? The best way to appreciate science is to be involved in it.