For science courses to move online an alternative to laboratory work needs to be available to students.  Some companies have started creating virtual labs.  

Read Education online: The virtual lab by M. Mitchell Waldrop.  Then explore some of the virtual labs for middle school students at Ms. McGraw’s Science Site or some AP biology labs at Pearson’s Lab Bench if you want to see some examples of virtual labs.  Finally, complete the survey on your thoughts about virtual labs for science classes.