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The OpenSTEM Labs concept


Following the success of the OpenScience Laboratory, the concept is being broadened to
embrace practical teaching in all aspects of STEM for the distance learning community.
Using funding from the 2015 HEFCE “STEM Capital” initiative the variety and
scope of robotic instruments is being increased under the banner of the OpenSTEM Labs.

Through/using remotely accessible hardware for laboratory and exploratory studies ranging
from electronics to chemical synthesis and from microscopes to telescopes,
students will be able to access the various instruments and other remote controlled
resources virtually anytime from anywhere with an internet connection.

The new facilities will be available to students studying Open University modules and
may be available by subscription to other HEIs.

Primary purpose

• Online interactions with remote controlled apparatus from on and off campus

• Collaborative inquiries in STEM modules

• Professional equipment (with local technician support if required)

• Integrated booking

Secondary uses

• Remote access by individual students for final year projects

• Public engagement


Artists impression of the OUs new astronomical site

Artists impression of The OU's new astronomical site

This remotely operated facility at the Observatorio del Teide in Tenerife is being planned and constructed as part of the OpenSTEM Lab initiative.



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