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Breathe Some Life into Physiology with Spirometer Experiments


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The Spirometer Sensor is a great way to get students interested in respiration and lung volume— and it can be used to perform several pulmonary function tests (PFTs). The sensor uses a disposable mouthpiece and differential pressure sensor to accurately report the flow rate (L/s), total flow (L), and max flow rate (L/s) for both inhalation and exhalation. Depending on the test being performed, students can set up a graph to display a volume-time curve or flow-volume loop. Two of the most common tests are the forced vital capacity (FVC) and forced expiratory volume in 1 second (FEV1) which can be used to calculate their FVC/FEV1 ratio. This ratio is often used to test for respiratory disorders such as asthma. To find out how to collect and analyze data for the FVC and FEV1 tests watch these quick tutorials by clicking on the links below.

Please remember that this equipment should not be used for medical diagnosis.

Alberta Teachers Association Conference


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On November 12th our Western Canada Territory Manager, Stacey Metz traveled to beautiful Banff Alberta and experienced the breath taking Rocky Mountains. This wasn’t a ski trip however, Stacey was representing AYVA as we exhibited at the Alberta Teachers Association annual Science Conference.

Teachers ranging from elementary to post-secondary were excited to connect with each other at this three day conference. The days were packed with outstanding workshops and fantastic speakers. Teachers appreciated the range of workshop topics with lots of ideas to engage their students.

Keynote speaker and Olympic Gold Medalist, Adam Kreek was inspirational as he detailed his experience and the adventures he encountered while gathering scientific data from our oceans. He and his team continue to educate youth about the importance of conserving our ocean’s resources.


AYVA at the 2014 Association of Science Teachers (AST) Conference in Halifax

Nancy Chisholm, representing AYVA at the 2014 AST Conference in Halifax.
Nancy Chisholm, representing AYVA at the 2014 AST Conference in Halifax.

AYVA has been very busy exhibiting at trade shows across this great country of ours!

On October 24th, over six hundred teachers from across Nova Scotia met at the annual Association of Science Teachers (AST) Conference held at Halifax West High School.

Teachers had the opportunity to attend numerous seminars. AYVA’s representative, Nancy Chisholm’s PASCO seminars were well received. Nancy demonstrated PASCO SPARKvue and Capstone software. She explained  improvements as well as the advancements of wireless and Bluetooth connections.  Everyone appreciated that that the SPARKvue App for Apple, Android and and Chromebooks is FREE!

Nancy was also busy answering questions at AYVA’s booth. Attendees learned how to better use their current PASCO equipment and how easily PASCO’s new equipment can be incorporated with what they already have in their teaching labs. 

AYVA représente PASCO au Congrès annuel 2014 de l’AESTQ

Quentin Dus, représentant pour le Québec, au kiosque PASCO/AYVA
Quentin Dus, représentant pour le Québec, au kiosque PASCO/AYVA

Le 49ème Congrès annuel de l’AESTQ (Association pour l’Enseignement de la Science et de la Technologie au Québec) s’est tenu les mercredi et jeudi 23 et 24 octobre 2014, sur le campus de l’Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières.

AYVA était présente pour représenter la marque PASCO. Une belle occasion de rencontrer les enseignants du secondaire et du collégial, venus en apprendre davantage sur les nouveautés et les dernières solutions technologiques PASCO, telles que le nouveau spectromètre sans-fil, ou le logiciel SparkVue compatible sur tous supports.

AYVA at the ASEE Conference in Indianapolis


In mid June, AYVA President Dianne Beveridge and Western Territory Manager, Stacey Metz attended the ASEE in Indianapolis, Indiana. This year’s theme was “360 Degrees of Engineering Education” and there were many sessions and workshops for attendees to take part in. The conference was well attended by educators and vendors from across the US and Canada.

Three of AYVA’s partners attended as exhibitors, displaying teaching equipment for a variety of engineering areas. TecQuipment, PASCO Scientific and PIGNAT were all in attendance and AYVA representatives were able to collaborate with them on new equipment and ideas to bring back to our customers to assist in reaching their educational goals.

Pictured is Stacey Metz, with PIGNAT representative Regis Rodriguez and PIGNAT’s mini distillation unit, which is similar to those that have been installed at schools across Canada.

We look forward to ASEE next year in Seattle, meeting with our partners in attendance and hope to see many of you there.

Global Education Partners Celebrate PASCO’s 50th Anniversary


Four AYVA representatives along with AYVA’s President Dianne Beveridge escaped the long winter we have been experiencing here in Canada for warm and sunny Sacramento California last week. It was not all fun in the sun though.

In keeping with AYVA’s promise to offer educators resources and training support to help them excel and to help students learn, AYVA employees joined with all of PASCO’s global education partners to attend training courses on PASCO equipment. The week long course took place at PASCO Scientifics’ head office.

Our employees went back to the classroom to learn of PASCO’s new product releases.
The workshops were interactive and hands on and focussed on Physics, Biology, Chemistry and Engineering. AYVA employees enjoyed the full lab experiments with PASCO product experts on hand to help.

There was some time set aside in order to celebrate PASCO Scientifics’ 50th Anniversary including the annual Awards Dinner, and a Bar-B-Q complete with fireworks.

A cycle of free Educational Video-Conferences to discover the National Parks

The Canadian Wildlife Association and the Bateman Foundation in partnership with the Parks Canada Palisades Centre are offering a series of free educational video-conferences for students.

Four conferences available in both English and French will span over two weeks – from March 3-7 and from March 24-28 – and give the students a chance to discover the wildlife and natural diversity of Canada’s National Parks. The attendees will also be involved in several activities throughout the sessions, making it an interactive experience.

Each video-conference will be an hour long and articulate around the following themes: “Species at Risk”, “Jasper Inside and Out”, “Avalanche Safety” and “Wildlife Remote Camera”.

Click here to find out more about the event.

How to Videos from PASCO

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How do I change the view of data in a graph? How do I connect wirelessly to an IPad?

If you sometimes ask yourself these questions, you should check out PASCO’s new videos!

To coincide with its 50th Anniversary, PASCO created 50 short videos in response to popular “How do I?” questions heard from customers on sensors, software, and hardware.

PASCO will release one video per day until March 11.

Fourteen of them are already available, on AYVA’s YouTube Channel.

If you wish to keep informed of video releases, click on the ‘Subscribe’ button on our YouTube page.

Diamonds in the sky?


Diamonds may be a hot commodity here on Earth, but in space, they’re positively common.

Scientists have long believed in the existence of diamonds on Neptune and Uranus. Now, new research suggests the sparkly rocks may also be found on Jupiter and Saturn.

It was previously believed that these two planets were too cold to allow for the formation of diamonds, but a study conducted by Mona Delitsky of California Specialty Engineering and Kevin Baines of the University of Wisconsin-Madison suggests that the precious gem may rain down on Saturn and Jupiter.

The theory states that pressure within the planets’ atmospheres could be turning carbon into diamond. If this holds true, there could be fragments of the gem floating in the atmosphere of both planets.

As the diamonds sink lower, extreme heat could be liquefying the rocks, creating ‘diamond rain’.

Some scientists even believe there could be liquid diamond seas in our solar system.

Imagine that!

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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

  • Excellent Smart Cart – I thought the cart was excellent. The quick sampling rate for force will be very useful for momentum and collision labs we do. I’m recommending we include this in our order for next school year.

    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.

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

  • We have a large number of PASCO wireless spectrometers and love how they have improved the learning experience for our students.

    Shawn McFadden | Technical Specialist | Ryerson University | Toronto, Ontario

  • During distance learning due to COVID-19 school shut down, I was given a short window to collect what I could from my classroom to teach online. The PASCO wireless sensors and Smart Carts were my top priority to collect to implement distance learning. By sharing experimental data with students via SPARKVue, the sensors were pivotal in creating an online experience that still allowed students to grow with their lab skills. It was easy to record videos of the data collection and share the data with my students. They did a phenomenal job examining and interpreting the data.

    Michelle Brosseau | Physics Teacher | Ursuline College Chatham | Chatham, Ontario

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