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Purdue College of Science Virtual Learning Experiences

Purdue College of Science Virtual Learning Experiences are online virtual labs, videos, and other materials that the K-12 Outreach Team has collaborated to create for K-12 teachers. 


Superheroes of Science 

Superheroes of Science is a Purdue University College of Science program that highlights STEM content, provides professional development opportunities for science teachers, and delivers learning experiences for students.

Visit the Superheroes of Science page for more details. 


  • Mondays: STEM content (25-35 minutes)

    Link to Season 2 playlist: 

    Tune in every Monday when we release new interviews with scientists and STEM professionals. These episodes are directed towards middle and high school students and teachers. Each episode includes STEM-related content, serves to inform students about potential STEM careers, and most have a student worksheet to go along with the video.

  • Thursdays: Teacher Professional Development (20-30 minutes)

    Link to Season 2 playlist: 

    Thursdays are for teachers! We like to think of these episodes as attending a virtual session at a conference. Our goal is to provide resources “by teachers, for teachers” on what is being done (and working well!) in the classroom right now.   

    YouTube Channel: Purdue University Superheroes of Science


Virtual Tours 

Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences

  • Purdue Stable Isotope (PSI) Facility  
    • The Purdue Stable Isotope Facility houses 4 isotope ratio mass spectrometers (IRMS), each accompanied by peripheral devices for conversion of various compounds into analyzable gases. We also operate some standalone instrumentation for both concentration and isotopic analysis.
  • Outdoor Rock Display 

    • Immerse yourself in the middle of our outdoor Rock Display in this virtual reality experience. Currently, we have some of the rock samples labeled such as the petrified wood, Fossilized Ripples, Conglomerate rock from Prophet's Rock area, Fossiliferous limestone from IMI Swayzee Quarry. Other samples will be labeled sometime soon.

  • Gold Mine Display 

    • A working draft of the Gold Mine Display is up! We will be updating it with more photos and descriptions. 
  • Solar System Display 

    • A draft of the Solar System display is scene 2 of the Purdue EAPS Hallway Displays. 

Department of Chemistry

  • Professor Corey Thompson Lab 
    • A 360 virtual tour of Professor Corey Thompson's lab. Corey is a solid-state, inorganic chemist. His tour includes 4 different lab scenes and a total of 20 “hot spot” still pictures with descriptions.


Additional Resources 


  • How to Make a Cloud in a bottle.

    • An instructional video of how to create a cloud in a bottle. This can be done as a student activity or as a demonstration. pK-12.
  • Rain cup activity (pK-2)

  • How to make a water cycle in a tub demo. 

  • Purdue Impact Earth

    • Need Adobe Flash. A Web-based computer program for calculating the regional environmental consequences of a meteoroid impact on Earth. The user can change variables like the size of the meteoroid.

Lessons, activities and resources!


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