Imagine you have a really big puzzle to solve, but it's too big for just one person to do alone. So, you get all your friends together to help you! That's called a collaboratory.
A collaboratory is when a group of people come together to work on a big project. Maybe they are scientists working on an important research study. Maybe they are artists making a big painting. Whatever it is, it's something that needs a lot of people working together to get it done.
To make sure everyone is working on the same page, they use special tools to communicate with each other. Maybe they use video chats or messaging apps to talk to each other from far away distances. They might also use special software to share their work with each other, to make sure everyone knows what's going on.
Working in a collaboratory can be really cool, because everyone learns from each other and shares their skills. It's like being on a big team, where everyone works together to get something important done. And when the project is finished, it feels really good to know that you were part of something that lots of people contributed to!