Sensor-based lab investigations provide rich opportunities for students to develop hands-on experience using tools like those used by real-life scientists and engineers.
At Bett 2016 this week in London, PASCO® Scientific, a global leader in 21st century science education, will unveil the first and only line of wireless sensors that are compatible with multiple technology platforms, including Windows®, Mac®, iPad® and iPhone®, Android™ tablets and phones, and Chromebooks.
The new line, which includes wireless pH, temperature, pressure, and force/acceleration sensors, simplifies lab setup and removes the clutter of cables. As a result, students can spend more time exploring, and perform experiments that were difficult or impossible before. The wireless technology also helps schools save money by eliminating the need for a separate device to connect sensors to a computer, tablet or smartphone. Students can simply transmit the data directly from the wireless sensor to their device.
“Wireless sensor technology allows my class to see data from several active experiments around the lab and it brings data into our discussions of physics,” said Steve Hearn, former head of physics at Charterhouse School in Godalming, Surrey. “In a world where student discussion and input in physics classes is of paramount importance, good wireless sensors such as those announced by PASCO Scientific will encourage and enhance such activity.”
Available in the UK through Scientific & Chemical Supplies Ltd., PASCO’s wireless sensors provide an affordable way for teachers to integrate sensors into their instruction to support inquiry-based learning. Further, with battery lives of a year or even longer, teachers don’t have to worry about whether their sensors are ready to use.
PASCO’s solutions for science classrooms are no strangers to UK schools and Bett. For the past two years its products — including the SPARK Element, Wireless Spectrometer and the SPARKvue science learning application — have been named finalists in the prestigious Bett Awards. Organized by the British Educational Suppliers Association, the Bett Awards are a celebration of the creativity and innovation that can be found throughout education technology. This year’s awards will be announced on Jan. 20.