Author: Rhonda MacDonald

PASCO’s Exceptional 5-year Warranty

Most companies offer a one year warranty, and a smaller number have an extended warranty for two years.  PASCO’s five year warranty is exceptional and is demonstrative of a company that has immense confidence in the products they manufacturer and also capability to live-up to its promising when an issue arises.

“Happy customers are repeat customers, and keeping our word and your trust is simply good for business.”

                                                                                                            PASCO Teacher Support Team

 

What’s the catch?  Will PASCO really repair or replace a defective product for 5 years?  The answer is yes!  As long as the product was not tampered with or damaged due to misuse, PASCO will repair or replace the unit in a timely and efficient manner

A hassle-free process – PASCO does not want you to waste your valuable time and energy by needlessly jumping through hoops.  To process a warranty claim, a simple short conversation is often all that is required.  If a repair is required, return labels and shipping instructions will be quickly emailed.

Why PASCO can afford such a long warranty

Products are designed for student use – Student labs can be tough – really tough – on equipment.  PASCO has 55 years of experience producing long-lasting high quality instructional equipment and educational technology.  Thoroughly testing products before shipping to customers is also a critical step in the process.

Always be prepared – is the famous Scout moto that is central to PASCO’s commitment to honoring its warranty promise.  For at least 5 years after purchase PASCO will maintain a dedicated inventory of replacement units – even for products that have been discontinued.  In addition, PASCO has an extensive inventory of replacement parts and occasionally surprises customers (in a very pleasant way) by helping revive an old but still valuable piece of equipment that was purchased decades ago.

Independent Datalogging

In logging mode wireless sensors collect data to their onboard memory for hours, days, weeks or even months at a time without needing to be connected to a computer, tablet, Chromebook or smartphone.

When the experiment is concluded, simply connect the sensor to a device running PASCO software and download all the measurements it recorded.

How much does a windshield screen affect the temperature inside a car on a hot day? Using Wireless Temperature Sensors in logging mode makes it easy to find out.

Free Spectrometry Software

Download the software or app or update to the latest version.

Built from the ground up to be the most effective tool for all of your spectrometry needs.

FREE download for Windows® and Mac® computers and free apps for iPad® and Android™ tablets.

The Spectrometry application provides support for experiments including, analysis of emission spectra, absorbance spectra of colored solutions and plant pigments, Beer’s law determination of unknown concentrations, and kinetics experiments. The learner-centered interface makes it easy for all levels of students and teachers to integrate spectrometry into the teaching and learning of physics, chemistry and biology.

Spectrometry screenshot

Windows Download

  • Filename: Spectrometry-2.2.1.2.exe
  • Filesize:   104 MB
  • Version: 2.2.1

Mac Download

  • Filename:Spectrometry_Mac-2.2.1.2.dmg
  • Filesize:  23.3 MB
  • Version: 2.2.1

Free app for iPads and Android Tablets

The free apps may be downloaded directly from the App Store or Google Play respectively and update notifications will be sent directly to your device.

iPad app

Android App

Using Chromebooks?

Google has begun allowing Android apps (including our Spectrometry application) to run on a select (and growing) list of Chromebooks.

To see if your Chromebook is compatible and learn how to install the application on Chromebooks, please visit this page:

Spectrometry for Chromebooks

About this Download

This software allows students to measure intensity, absorbance, transmittance and fluorescence using either the PASCO Wireless Spectrometer or the legacy Amadeus or Red Tide spectrometers from Ocean Optics and supports both USB and BlueTooth™ connectivity.

Current Version:

Version 2.2.1 was released on 1/17/2019. It is a hotfix release that fixed an issue where Spectrometry showed clipped absorbance data when connected via USB but not when connected via Bluetooth. It also fixed an issue with Chrome OS v71 that caused Spectrometry to crash when a device was paired but not connected. Other known issues were fixed as well.

Read the full release notes

Previous Versions:

Version 2.2.0 was released on 11/14/2018. It is a maintenance release that resolved multiple issues on Mac Mojave and fixes other known issues as well

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Version 2.1.0 was released on 6/26/2018. It is a feature release that provides support for the SPARK LX and SPARK LXi dataloggers, initializes the language to the system language on the first run and resolves some known issues.

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Version 2.0.1 was released on 10/19/2017. It is a maintenance release to fix specific issues.

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Version 2.0.0 was released on 10/12/2017. It was a feature release that added the following new features:

  • Direct Wave Length Entry and Real-Time Digital Readout. Together these new features give the Wireless Spectrometer the same behavior as the Spectronic 20 while providing lots of additional features and functionality as well.
  • Upgraded user interface, including improved top navigation and new toolbar icons.
  • Support on select Chromebooks (see below for details)

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System Requirements

To run the latest version of Spectrometry

Windows Mac
Windows 7 or higher (32-bit or 64-bit) Mac OS X v 10.7 or later
1 GHz Processor An Intel Core 2 Duo, Core i3, Core i5, Core i7 or Xeon Processor
Graphics card with OpenGL 2.0 Support Graphics card with OpenGL 2.0 Support
100 MB available disk space 50 MB available disk space

1024 x 768 or greater resolution

1024 x 768 or greater resolution

User Guide

Download the User Guide for Spectrometry Software.

The PASCO Bluetooth Spectrometer: Even Isaac Newton would flip over the power of this digital prism!

Reposted from the NSTA Blog, original article can be found here.

Pasco Wireless Spectrometer

The PASCO Wireless Spectrometer

Simply put, constructivism is a theory of knowledge that argues that humans generate knowledge and meaning from an interaction between their experiences and their ideas. So it follows that nothing is can be more constructivist than exploring the theoretical with real-time tools that measure the invisible. And the PASCO Wireless Spectrometer is just such a tool.

One of the most amazing things about the PASCO Wireless Spectrometer is that it does exactly what you would want it to do; show you the invisible with ease, simplicity, and leave behind a useful digital paper trail of graphs and charts. Although the main purpose of the PASCO Wireless Spectrometer was “specifically designed for introductory spectroscopy experiments” it actually goes farther than that. Much farther. Much much farther!

Chinese Teachers

This trio of teachers, two from China and one from Mongolia have limited English speaking skills, but instantly understood the iPad app and PASCO Wireless Spectrometer. Seems that light is also a universal language.

The physics and electronics behind the PASCO Wireless Spectrometer are straight forward. The output is clear and obvious. And the mobility aspect is unprecedented. In other words, it does what it should how it should. Amazing enough on its own, but in true paradigm shifting fashion the PASCO Wireless Spectrometer presents the invisible world of visible light in the magical cartoon chart we’ve seen only in static textbooks for most of our lives. It’s as if the dinosaur skeletons in dusty museums suddenly came alive and reacted to the world.

Visible light, or the light our human eyes sense and convert to electrical impulses to our brains, only encompass a tiny fraction of the electromagnetic spectrum. Wavelengths between 390-700 nanometers, or from the short blue/violet waves to the longer orange/red ones with green and yellow in the middle. Infrared waves are just a little too long for us to see, and ultraviolet ones are a little too short. Even longer are radio waves, and even shorter are x-rays. The PASCO Wireless Spectrometer has a range of 380 to 950 nanometers meaning it can “see” a little into the ultraviolet and a lot into the infrared.

PASCO Wireless Spectrometer

An ultraviolet light spikes the graph just outside the shortest wavelength we can see with our eyes.

Where this all comes together is that when the PASCO Wireless Spectrometer and various light sources are manipulated with our hands, the extended visible spectrum becomes something we can explore with the same cognitive dexterity as the microscope affords us in biology. When used in the classroom for demonstrations and explorations, the PASCO Wireless Spectrometer literally lets “humans generate knowledge and meaning from an interaction between their experiences and their ideas.” So yes, the PASCO Wireless Spectrometer is the epitome of constructivist theory into educational practice.

PASCO Wireless Spectrometer

Isaac Newton

Although Isaac Newton is credited with discovering the inner workings of visible light back in the latter 1600s, the basic concept behind a rainbow was suggested by Roger Bacon 400 years earlier who in turn drew upon the works of Claudius Ptolemy a millennium before, and even Aristotle another 300 years before that.

Roger Bacon

Roger Bacon

PASCO Wireless Spectrometer

Claudius Ptolemy

Aristotle

Aristotle

As a quick digression here, the Newtonian physics behind the PASCO Wireless Spectrometer has roots much more than five times deeper into the past than Mr. Newton’s distance in time is from us right now. Sorry to go all Einstein on you, but the individual colors of visible light that Newton coaxed out of sunlight with only a glass triangle, and then reassembled with nothing more than a companion prism was like yesterday.  Yet the attempts to explain the phenomena were first floated last week.

And now to think that within the palm of a student’s hand and the screen of their iPad is a gift of knowledge as great as the discovery itself. A stretch? Perhaps, but unless a scientific concept can be truly understood to the point one can make personal meaning out of the discovery, memorized facts are little more than coins used to buy grades.
Technically speaking, the PASCO Wireless Spectrometer is a battery operated spectrometer that uses Bluetooth wireless or a USB wire in order to communicate with a computing device running the necessary software. With its own built-in LED-boosted tungsten light source and three nanometer resolution, the PASCO Wireless Spectrometer provides an exceptional tool for traditional experimentation with pl
enty of room left over to inspect rarely explored specimens of light scattered throughout our lives.
PASCO Wireless Spectrometer
The operation of PASCO’s unassuming black brick puts the power of spectrometry into the hands of grade school students and Ph.D. candidates alike. While maybe not the most durable block in the scientific toy box, the PASCO Wireless Spectrometer does offer a level of simplicity (when desired) as easy to use as  glass prism and sunlight. Of course you can do much more with the PASCO Wireless Spectrometer, but you don’t have to in order to get your money’s worth. This spectrometer does so much so well so easily that it literally rewrites lesson plans just by walking into the classroom.
On a higher level, the PASCO Wireless Spectrometer can be used in chemical experiments of intensity, absorbance, transmittance and fluorescence all while using a device that, according to PASCO, has light pass through the solution and a diffraction grating and then a CCD array detects the light for collection and analysis. Sounds simple enough just like a digital prism should. Except this one gives about nine hours of service per battery charge.
In the off chance that the battery fails, it is user-replaceable. in the off chance the light burns out, it is user-replaceable. And in the likely chance that liquid from a cuvette spills into the holder, a drain hole limits the damage, and cleaning the holder is user-serviceable with a cotton swab and deionized water.

PASCO Wireless Spectrometer

A portable studio light is used to provide a background of predictable photons in order to explore the absorbance properties of various types of matter including sunglasses, polarizers, fabric, and theater lighting filters.

The PASCO Wireless Spectrometer must interface with a computer or tablet. Both Mac and Windows are supported as is iOS and Android.
PASCO also suggests using the Wireless Spectrometer for the following popular labs:
  • Absorbance and transmittance spectra
  • Beer’s Law: concentration and absorbance
  • Kinetics
  • Fluorescence
  • Photosynthesis with DPIP
  • Absorption spectra of plant pigments
  • Concentration of proteins in solution
  • Rate of enzyme-catalyzed reactions
  • Growth of cell cultures
  • Light intensity across the visible spectrum
  • Emission spectra of light sources
  • Match known spectra with references
And PASCO also provides several sample labs for plug-and-play directly into the chemistry classroom. But the really exciting plug-and-play option is the accessory fiber optic probe. With no more effort than sliding a faux cuvette into the receiving slot on the spectrometer, a meter-long fiber cord moves a directional sensor out into the wild where it can capture photons from all kinds critters. Some of my favorite animals include UV lights, filtered lightbulbs, various school lighting sources, sunlight though sunglasses, polarizers, and pretty much any LED flashlight I can find, especially the really good ones.
PASCO spectrum example
Although the screen output from the PASCO Wireless Spectrometer’s software is a graphical representation of a physical property, it takes almost no mental gymnastics to understand the changes to the graph once your mind is oriented to the display. The color-coded background and gesture-ready scaling provides an exceptionally smooth relationship with the data to the point all the hardware and software disappear leaving only the experiment and the results. And in my book, that kind of invisibility is the true measure of success with a teaching product.
When teaching the next generation about the important discoveries of the past generations, we have an obligation to use the most powerful educational tools possible. The PASCO Wireless Spectrometer is truly 100% pure constructivism-in-a-box. It turns experiences and ideas into personal meaning. Battery included and no wires necessary.
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PASCO Capstone 2 Software

Coming Fall 2019! Free Upgrade for Capstone 1.x users!

Updated with new tools! Designed specifically to collect, display and analyze data in physics and engineering labs.

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What’s New in Capstone 2

Circuits Emulation

Reinforce circuit concepts and tackle student misconceptions using circuit visualization. Combine real-world circuits with simulations, animation, and live measurements.

With the Circuits Emulation tool in Capstone 2, you can:

  • Construct and modify circuits
  • Show conventional current and electron flow animation
  • Animate circuits with live sensor data

Drag components out from the components list. Rotate components, and connect pieces together by drawing wires.

Trials Table

This is how science is actually done.

You never take only one run in science. You take multiple runs, and calculate averages. Next, you vary a parameter while holding the other constant; again, taking more runs and calculating averages. Most software data tables don’t actually allow this to be done easily.

The Capstone Trails table was created for how data is collected in the science lab, and allows for the kind of analysis students need to perform.

  • Organize your data to easily define physical relationships.
  • Track variables
  • Average runs
  • Plot derived values

Using the simple pendulum lab as an example, students will time a simple pendulum under various conditions. They will vary the mass, length, and starting angle. The Capstone Trials Table allows you to vary and keep track of experimental parameters between trials, and runs taken in each trial. You can also keep track of statistics for averaged runs and experimental error.

Blockly Coding

Helps students develop computational thinking skills

Physics educators want more experimental control and programming access to all PASCO interfaces and sensors. Students need tools to develop creative programming and problem-solving skills in science. Blockly coding has been built into Capstone 2, giving teachers and students the tools they need to develop these skills.

Graph Pop-Up Tools

Now, whenever tools are activated, the most common actions will be easily accessible on the graph. The pop-up tools allow for easy access to tool features and options.

Overview

PASCO Capstone allows users to quickly layout custom pages, automatically recognizes sensors when connected, has a powerful set of analysis tools and much, much more.

PASCO Capstone was built from the ground up to be the most powerful and flexible option for physics and engineering applications.

  • Windows/Mac compatibility
  • Can be used with all current and legacy PASCO USB interfaces.
  • Works with all PASCO sensors — ScienceWorkshop, PASPORT, and Wireless.
  • Completely customizable lab pages
  • Multiple displays including graphs, tables, oscilloscope, bar meters, FFT and more
  • Deep video analysis tools
  • Opens DataStudio, Xplorer GLX and SPARKvue files.

2019 Technology Catalogue Sign Up

We are preparing for our 2019 Catalogue mailing. This years catalogue includes many new and exciting traditional physics solutions along with some great innovations in PASCO’s wireless range.

If you would like to add yourself to our list or simply stay on the list please let us know!

To sign-up, please complete this form.

2019 Technology Catalogue Sign Up

2019 Physics Catalogue Sign Up

We are preparing for our 2019 Catalogue mailing. This years catalogue includes many new and exciting traditional physics solutions along with some great innovations in PASCO’s wireless range.

If you would like to add yourself to our list or simply stay on the list please let us know!

To sign-up, please complete this form.

2019 Physics Catalogue Sign Up

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    Gurpreet Sidhu | Physics Instructor | University College of North | The Pas, MB

  • Wireless Spectrometer Big Hit With Students – PASCO’s wireless spectrometer has been utilized very well by our earth science and physical science teachers. It’s an excellent piece of equipment and we have very much enjoyed its addition to enriching our classroom. It definitely brings students to a higher level of understanding wave interaction at a molecular level.

    Matt Tumbach | Secondary Instructional Technology Leader | Tommy Douglas Collegiate | Saskatoon, SK

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    Reed Jeffrey | Science Department Head | Upper Canada College | Toronto ON

  • Your lab equipment is of the highest quality and technical support is always there to help. During the 25 years we have used a wide array of lab equipment including computer interfacing. Your Pasco line has a high profile in our lab and will continue to do so far into the future.

    Bob Chin | Lab Technician | Kwantlen Polytechnic University | Surrey, BC

  • Datalogging Activities are Cross-Curricular

    Throughout the province of Nova Scotia, PASCO’s probeware technology has been merged with the rollout of the new P-6 curriculum. We chose a number of sensors for use with our project-based activities. Both the functionality and mobility of PASCO’s dataloggers enable students to collect authentic, real-world data, test their hypotheses and build knowledge.

    What we find important to a successful implementation and adoption by teachers is showing that the probes are not a ‘standalone technology’. The datalogging activities are very cross-curricular and can incorporate math, english, science, and geography outcomes.

    We are excited to learn more about PASCO’s new weather sensor because our students enjoy projects where they can share and compare their data with weather stations from around the world and be part of a global community.

    Mark Richards | Technology Integration Consultant | Annapolis Valley R.S.B. | Nova Scotia

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