On January 24, 2020—four years ago—LabXchange was officially launched! Can you believe it? We certainly can't.
LabXchange has grown and evolved immensely since it was first conceived by the late Dr. Robert Lue, who sought to create a platform that would support both educators and learners in their pursuit of high-quality, accessible STEM learning resources. His passion for teaching and education has continued to inspire and motivate us to work toward accomplishing the goals that he laid out for the platform, and we are honored to carry on his legacy in LabXchange.
What does four years of LabXchange look like in numbers? To us, it means 22,000+ learning resources, 166+ collaborators, 100+ Teacher Ambassadors, 17 languages, 16 content types, 15 subject areas, 4 special projects, and 3 awards! Let's break it down...
At the heart of LabXchange is the content on our platform, which now includes over 22,000 resources that educators and learners worldwide can access entirely for free.
Of course, LabXchange would not be what it is today without the support of our collaborators. We are proud to work alongside our ever-growing community of collaborating organizations toward our shared mission of improving access to quality STEM education resources. See all of our collaborators here.
Through our ongoing Teacher Ambassador Program, we are training local educators to use LabXchange to complement their lessons with high-quality STEM resources in the classroom. So far, we have established Teacher Ambassador communities in the United States, Kenya, and Gambia, in addition to Latin America and pan-Africa cohorts, with further expansion in the works.
The translation of learning resources is, in our view, a crucial part of making science education accessible to everyone, everywhere. Working with volunteer translating teams, we have most recently added Vietnamese- and Azerbaijani-language resources to LabXchange! Read more about the Vietnamese translation efforts here.
"Lab" may be in our name, but lab simulations aren't the only thing you'll find on LabXchange! Videos, interactive animations, infographics, narratives, and quizzes are just a handful of the types of content that you can find in the LabXchange library.
Have you explored our new Subjects page? It's designed to help users find and explore the content that they're most interested in, from biology to chemistry to physics!
Last year, we published the first learning pathways of our Racial Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Science Education (RDEISE) project, an initiative focused on advancing education about racial equity in healthcare and STEM. Additionally, we announced the creation of our Data Science–Driven Science Education (DSDSE) project, which will involve the creation of learning resources specifically surrounding data-driven topics such as biotechnology and climate change. We've also been privileged to work alongside the Amgen Foundation to create the Amgen Biotech Experience (ABE) and the Amgen Scholars Program Master Class.
In December, LabXchange took home a trio of awards highlighting our platform as an innovative resource in the e-learning and EdTech space. We're incredibly honored to have LabXchange be recognized in this way!
Needless to say, the last four years have been a whirlwind. Thank you to all of the educators, learners, and collaborators who have made LabXchange possible! We're excited to continue growing and reaching even more people in the years to come.