The RNA Lab is part of NOVA Labs, a digital platform that engages teens and lifelong learners in games and interactives that foster authentic scientific exploration. From predicting solar storms and building renewable energy systems to tracking hurricanes and designing molecules, NOVA Labs users 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.
NOVA Labs is a free resource produced by the digital team at PBS’s NOVA, the most-watched prime time science series on American television, reaching an average of five million viewers weekly. Labs is part of an extensive list of digital offerings and original content that garners over 1.2 million impressions daily.
PBS, WGBH, NOVA
The EteRNA Project
Teens, Educators, Gamers, General Audience
NOVA Labs partnered with Carnegie Mellon University’s EteRNA project to extend their molecular design game and bring it to a broader audience. In addition to exclusive levels, the game included a tutorial that contextualized the science on which the puzzles were built. This tutorial was designed to engage and onboard new users of both the NOVA and EteRNA platforms. After successful completion of the RNA Lab, users can carry 5,000 points into a competition with other EteRNA players to have their RNA designs created in a Stanford lab.
By playing the NOVA version of Eterna, you’ll discover that molecular RNA “machines” carry out a wide variety of essential functions in your body, from producing proteins to fighting viruses. You’ll go on a journey through billions of years of evolutionary history to see how RNA may have allowed life to form on Earth. And you’ll be coached through a series of RNA folding puzzles to become a master molecular engineer.
Web Application, Interactive Data Visualizations, Game