Online Science Curriculum & Lab Kits


The trusted provider of higher-ed lab experiences for distance learners

Getting Ready for Spring Semester

We’re building and shipping thousands of lab kits each day in preparation for next semester—make sure your students get the best experience possible with our rigorous curriculum, lab-grade kits, and award-winning Cloud platform.

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What We Do

Quality Science Delivered
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Quality Science Delivered
Quality Science Delivered
Quality Science Delivered
Our extensive content library includes more than 700 lessons across nine science disciplines.

Hands-On Labs has developed a meticulous content creation process to ensure that our lessons match — and even surpass — the sophistication of a face-to-face classroom. Our content team is led by Ph.D. scientists with teaching experience, who design our lessons to meet the latest pedagogical best practices.

All of our content then undergoes an internal review, as well as several comprehensive peer reviews from external Ph.D.’s who are currently teaching at the college or university level. Whether it’s chemistry, physics, forensics, or biology, by the time an HOL lesson reaches your students, it has passed through the critical filters of multiple experts in your field.


Our HOL Cloud platform implements the best practices in higher-ed pedagogy.

You already know how to provide your students with an engaging and empowering learning experience. The HOL Cloud is designed not to change your instruction, but to enhance it. Integrating seamlessly with any learning management system, the platform is built on an array of advanced features — such as powerful gradebook analytics, custom lesson authoring, and an intuitive student dashboard — that will help you easily facilitate a rigorous online classroom. The HOL Cloud is even scalable to any device, meaning both you and your students can access the digital classroom anytime and anywhere. This is academic freedom at its finest.


Our customizable kits contain all of the materials your students need to safely conduct sophisticated labs from the comfort of their home.

The lab kit is the beating heart of every HOL lesson. Our founders launched HOL 25 years ago by creating material kits that would make lab science accessible to distance learners. We’ve expanded exponentially since then, of course, adding a cloud-based learning platform, digital content, and hundreds of new lessons — but our lab kits continue to accomplish that core mission. Far from basic kitchen-science procedures, these advanced kits contain materials, chemicals, and equipment that reflect the sophistication of a traditional campus lab facility. They allow your students to unlock the joy of scientific discovery, no matter where in the world they might be.


Our distance-learning specialists are committed to making your HOL experience seamless.

Whether you’re teaching or learning, we know you have a lot on your plate. That’s why when you use HOL, our customer support team will be available to help make your experience as easy and efficient as possible. From answering student questions about their lab kits to supporting instructors as they build their curriculum and deliver their course through the Cloud, our team is here to help you leverage all that HOL has to offer.

Hands-On Labs announced as a winner of the 2020 Tech & Learning Award of Excellence

Introducing Our New Digital Labs

With our sister brand, eScience Labs, we're cultivating partnerships with innovative lab solutions to offer a more robust library of virtual course offerings and unique online science tools.

  • Virtual Microscope
  • Digital Biology
  • Digital Physics
  • A&P Virtual Dissections
Science Disciplines
US Colleges & Universities



With the coronavirus continuing to spread, educational institutions are facing the prospect of a temporary campus shutdown. For many schools, this means a rapid expansion of their online offerings, while for others, transitioning away from the face-to-face classroom may constitute a new and overwhelming endeavor.

To assist our community with the quick shift to distance learning, we wanted to compile a collection of timely tools and resources to consider during this critical stage. Click below to learn more.

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Teach More.
Reach More.
Achieve More.

When it comes to science, students learn by doing. By asking questions, conducting experiments, and testing ideas, students develop the critical thinking and observation skills they need to expand their knowledge of the world around them. Our mission at Hands-On Labs is to help educate the scientists of tomorrow, regardless of where they are today. No longer limited by distance or circumstance, instructors can teach more, students can learn more, and universities can grow.

Our Partners

HOL is bringing STEM education to students all across the globe. We are currently being used by more than 650 institutions, and we can’t wait to partner with more.

Discover the HOL Cloud


  • LMS Integration
  • Scalable to Any Device
  • Live Data Tables
  • Experiment Videos
  • Automatic Grading
  • Gradebook Analytics
  • WCAG 2.0 Compliant
  • Clear Learning Objectives
  • Immediate Assessment Feedback
  • Text and Media Embedding Within Lessons

The HOL Cloud is an advanced learning platform designed to replicate a tactile laboratory experience for distance learners. Offering powerful gradebook analytics and built upon modern higher-ed pedagogies, the HOL Cloud is designed to help you easily facilitate your course in an online environment. Choose from our comprehensive library of pre-existing lessons, or use our intuitive custom-lesson authoring tool to build your own. With all of its advanced features, the HOL Cloud gives you full control over your online classroom.


What Our Clients Say...

I have looked at other companies, just to see if HOL is still the best, and I believe that they are. They provide a college level experience that is expected for a student taking a chemistry lab course. I have been using HOL kits since 2014 and since that time they have gone from providing their experiments on a CD to now having their own Learning Management System that has very few issues. image

Michael felty

Trinity Valley Community College

I have been working with the folks at Hands on Labs since 2007, and I know that the success of our online laboratory-based Science courses is due to our partnership with HOL. I serve on their Board of Advisers, and I help to support and extend their success to other institutions of higher learning. HOL is the best!image

Marc LaBella

Ocean Couty College

For over six years, HOL has collaborated with our subject matter experts to provide lab kits for online science courses at the University of New England. These kits have allowed students a hands-on lab experience regardless of their location around the globe. During our collaboration, HOL has been easy to work with, amenable to new ideas, and responsive to feedback. image

Barbara Fortier

University of New England
Program Director

At first, I was hesitant to offer my lab as an online course. Eventually, I became aware of HOL and was convinced to try them out. I was pleasantly surprised by the quality and rigor of the experiments. They not only covered the topics that I normally cover, but in some cases go in much more depth than I expected. image

Michael felty

Trinity Valley Community College

I have enjoyed using HOL for my Micro lab. The online modules make my teaching and grading seamless and it looks great from the student view. The personnel are very responsive to me or students when we needed help with an issue.image

Cheraton Love

Winston-Salem State University
Dean, Experiential Education

HOL’s customer service and support has been invaluable to our students. Overall, their representatives have made it easy to work with their company, and HOL has provided quality products that enrich our courses and contribute considerably to our student experience and success.image


University of New England
Program Director

Ready to Build Your Course?

Let us help.

Our goal at HOL is to take the headache out of translating your established classroom course into an engaging online experience. And there’s no better time to get started than now. Let us know what you’re looking for by sifting through our course catalog and marking the lessons that interest you. Then, send us your syllabus, and we’ll connect you with an HOL Cloud specialist who can work with you to build your ideal online course. It really is that easy.

Step 1: Explore

Peruse our library of more than 700 lessons to find what interests you.

STEP 2: Fill out the final form and send us your syallabus

Fill out the final form and send us your syllabus.

Step 3: Connect

Our specialist will work with you to customize your course and provide a quote.

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Browse our experiment library and learn more about the lessons we offer for each of our disciplines.