About NOVA Labs

NOVA Labs is a free digital platform that engages teens and lifelong learners in games and interactives that foster authentic scientific exploration. From predicting solar storms and constructing renewable energy systems to tracking cloud movement and designing RNA molecules, NOVA Labs participants can conduct 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. 

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 even to contribute to real-world investigations. If you have an idea for a future Lab let us know at novalabs@wgbh.org.

Getting Started

The best way to start is to jump right into one of the Labs.  You can learn how to predict solar storms in the Sun Lab, construct renewable energy systems in the Energy Lab, track major storms in the Cloud Lab, design RNA molecules in the RNA Lab, defeat cyber attacks in the Cybersecurity Lab, and solve evolutionary puzzles in the Evolution Lab.  For additional resources, check out our Educator Guides.

Creating an account will enhance your NOVA Labs experience. Once you log in, you'll be able to track and save your progress as you watch videos, answer questions, and achieve goals in the games and interactives.

Log in now to get the most out of NOVA Labs.

Partners and Support

Learn about our collaborators on the Partners and Advisors pages.

Visit the Labs Team page to see the many people who make NOVA Labs possible.

NOVA Labs would not be possible without the generous support of our funders:

  • Argosy Foundation
  • Biogen
  • Lockheed Martin
  • NASA

If you have questions about the platform or want to learn more about how your organization can support NOVA Labs and STEM education, contact us at novalabs@wgbh.org.