The AYVA Team headed to Austin for the 23rd annual ‘NI Week’ hosted by National Instruments, our newest Academic Partner.
We attended sessions focusing on Circuits and Design, Wireless Communication, the Internet of Things (IOT) and Mechatronics – to name just a few.
We also explored ways to maximize student laboratory time and to drive project-based learning outcomes. Several educators who were transforming their teaching labs using products from the NI Ecosystem were in attendance to share their successes.
It was a first-class event and we hope to identify a few academic thought leaders who can accompany us next year for NI Week 2018!
Making the leap from circuit diagrams to functioning circuits has never been so clear or intuitive. Circuits can be easily built and tested enticing students to more thoroughly explore the behavior of electricity. Your students will no longer be frustrated trying to trace out the electrical pathway through a nest of wires.
Supports inquiry learning – circuits can be easily modified and be quickly swapped out and rearranged
Compatible with both traditional and computer based labs – works with PASCO’s sensors as well as traditional Volt and Ammeters
Classroom management is a breeze – Storage is made simple with the included
Grattenels case and nesting trays
The 8 cm by 8 cm modules ensure that all students in a group can clearly see the completed circuit
Physical Components (resistors, batteries, switches, etc.) with identifying electronic symbols are visible on the surface of the modules
At a glance errors in a circuit can be quickly found without checking each connection
The Basic Kit includes enough modules to do 5 basic experiments:
Batteries & Bulbs Circuits
Electric Power & Energy
The Advanced Kit includes the Wireless Current & Voltage Sensors and modules for 7 additional experiments:
We were thrilled to attend this year’s NSTA national conference in Los Angeles.
Our first destination was the exhibit hall where PASCO had a very lively booth with several interactive displays. By far the biggest hit was the ‘Match Graph’ challenge with a super-sized Smart Cart. Who knew that learning could be this much fun! Check out the video to see my less than stellar attempt.
PASCO’s booth was fun, however, the real action was in the teacher facilitated workshops. In total PASCO had 20 unique hands-on sessions that were over flowing with enthusiastic teachers. Time didn’t allow us to see all the sessions, but we did manage to squeeze our way into a very energetic session on the new Modular Circuit Kits. Teachers had a great time ignoring instructions and spent most of the session designing their own unique circuits – obviously investigative learning is not just for students.
We were also fortunate enough to get a seat at PASCO’s workshop session on climate change. The session featured several hands-on modeling activities, including an investigation where teachers used the Wireless pH sensor to monitor the mitigating effects of natural buffers on acid rain. The biggest hit of the session was seeing PASCO’s new Wireless Carbon Dioxide sensor in action. Teachers were excited to discover that a reliable, practical and affordable way to measure CO2 has finally arrived.
Over the next week we’ll share some more videos on our adventures at the conference.
Pictured above are Paige Deitsch and Jean-Marc Labonte from the University of Calgary. The Chemical and Petroleum Engineering Labs at University of Calgary are a showcase for PIGNAT’s training equipment designed to enhance learning for their undergraduate students.
Last week, Regis Rodriguez, the product specialist from Lyon, France was onsite to commission the new Mixed Adsorption Desorption: Gas & Liquid Adsorption, the latest addition to their state-of-the-art labs. Paige’s labs already boast a Spray Dryer and a Controlled Reverse Osmosis from this world-class industrial manufacturer.
AYVA has partnered with PIGNAT to equip Chemical Engineering as well as Environmental Engineering Labs at colleges and universities across Canada. Customers appreciate the quality and industrial components but what impresses them most is PIGNAT’s willingness to customize the products to best suit their needs. Educators can choose whether to be trained in France or to have an experienced chemical engineer from PIGNAT conduct on-site training.
Click here for an overview of PIGNAT’s training equipment.
AYVA Educational Solutions Ltd. was launched in 2008 as the new Canadian distributor for PASCO Scientific. Our PASCO Canada division offers a complete range of traditional physics equipment and award-winning data acquisition systems for chemistry, biology, earth and physical sciences.
In recent years we expanded our product offerring to include the best-in-class training equipment for undergraduate engineering labs. Today we are the exclusive Canadian distributor for TecQuipment (England), Pignat and Erides (France), Elettronica Veneta (Italy), Marcraft (USA), as well as KUKA Robotics and Bosch Rexroth (Germany).
In 2017 we moved into our new building in Oakville, Ontario so we could further grow the AYVA Team and better serve our loyal customers.