Category Archives: NSTA Recommends: Technology

The PocketLab Air Sensor

Introduction The PocketLab Air Sensor is a fantastic tool for investigating the validity of fluctuations in climate and air pollution in your own community.  As a result, teachers can offer students an instrument to measure what’s in the air  (i.e., CO2, … Continue reading

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Launching the PocketLab Voyager

Intro Exploring motion, light, temperature, altitude, and magnetic fields can be taken to new interactive heights with the PocketLab Voyager by Myriad Sensors.  Subsequently, by using a wireless sensor, the PocketLab Voyager records and stores data that can be shared with … Continue reading

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Measuring Murphy’s Law with the Vernier Go Direct Acceleration Sensor

On the 4th of July this year,  a fitting date, America lost a true hero whom many people had never heard of, namely Robert Gilliland. Bob Gilliland was the chief test pilot and first person to fly the iconic SR-71 … Continue reading

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PITSCO Hot-Air Balloons

The “Zoon Hot-Air Balloons Getting Started Package” contains all the materials necessary for a class of 30 students to construct and launch their own hot air balloons. The kit is designed for students in Grades 3-12 and is user friendly. … Continue reading

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Learning Visualized with the Vernier Go Direct Hand Dynamometer

Collecting real-time data is important in science and science education, but it also presents a wonderful opportunity to learn about graphing and data visualization in general. It also provides an inspection into what learning actually looks like. I’ve used the … Continue reading

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PASCO Wireless Pressure Sensor

Introduction: The PASCO Wireless Pressure sensor is easy to use and connects via Bluetooth to the user’s cell phone or to another electronic device, e.g., IPad. The sensor has a range of 0-400 kilopascals (kPa)- with its most accurate reported … Continue reading

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Pasco's Wireless Light Sensor Revisited using SPARKvue…

Introduction: The PASCO Wireless light sensor is a wireless device that measures ambient and directional light. Moreover, it has the capacity to stream data to devices via a Bluetooth connection, e.g., laptops, iPhones, or Android phones. There is a picture … Continue reading

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Vernier Structures and Materials Tester: An Engineering Marvel To Test Student's Engineering Marvels

Back in 1986, David Vernier wrote a book titled “How to Build a Better Mousetrap: And 13 other science projects using the Apple II.” The premise of the book was to use software, hardware, and materials to construct what David … Continue reading

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The PASCO Wireless Smart Car

Introduction: The PASCO Wireless Smart Cart is a device with Bluetooth capabilities that has sensors for force, position, velocity, rotational motion, and three degrees of freedom in acceleration. The wheels on the Smart Cart moves with low friction. A nice … Continue reading

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The Go Direct SpectroVis Plus Spectrophotometer: Listening to Plants (Part 2)

Continuing the story of the Vernier Go Direct SpectroVis Plus Spectrophotometer, we will now apply its power it for a more traditional use; to inspect the transmission and absorption of fluid or a material suspended in a fluid. And that fluid … Continue reading

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