Remotely Operated Science Experiment

Bringing access to real science laboratories to remote and poor-resourced locations

Laboratory experience is critical for effective science education. Unfortunately, students in developing countries and underserved areas too often learn science without conducting even one experiment. Determined to bring meaningful science experimentation to these underserved regions, the Seeds of Empowermentteam developed the ROSE Program.In places with limited or no access to scientific equipment and laboratories, ROSEis a hands-on experiment-based program that utilizes technology innovations to remotely access distant laboratories and allows students to use real laboratory equipment that they control in real time remotely via the Internet from a simple setting. ROSE Programstudents are immersed in the complete scientific process: identifying a problem, pre-questioning and investigation, developing a hypothesis, experimenting and testing ideas, observing and exploring, interpreting and analyzing results, forming a scientific argument, collaborating and communicating their results. ROSEhas been used to teach primary and secondary school students’ science theory and practice on complex socio-scientific issues, such as climate change, alternative energy, and disaster preparedness.

Interacting with ROSE using mobile devices

Monitoring results through mobile devices


Student scientific argument and inquiry-based activities in ROSE workshop
The ROSE Programis a feasible lower-cost alternative to traditional in-person laboratories. With infrastructure sharing, equipped schools share resources virtually through the ROSE Programwith under-resourced schools. In this way, actual real time experiments are conducted by students who would otherwise not have access to laboratory facilities.

ROSE Program Students

  • Learn “hands-on” about important science related topics
  • Experience the full scientific process - identify problems, try and find solutions, observe the results, and present the findings
  • Conduct science experiments in real laboratories
  • Gain confidence and skills using technology
  • Collaborate and compete on teams promoting important life skills, such developing and expressing opinions, as well as perseverance
  • Learn how to apply logic and reasoning skills
  • Learn about data recording, outcome verification, and explanation

ROSE Program Features

  • Triggers scientific inquiry
  • Fosters critical reasoning skills
  • Provides opportunities for hands-on experiments
  • Provides access to real laboratories and equipment
  • Equips local partners with capacity-building tools, technology, and pedagogy to expand and sustain experiments
  • Develops a network of learning communities across a region, including hard to reach groups to explore, discover, and enhance their scientific-inquiry skills