Both PASCO and AYVA are committed to doing all that we can to help the science education community. In these uncertain times of school closures and remote learning, we want to ensure that all students and teachers continue to build their science skills and have access to the content they need.

We have been contacted by many educators searching for resources as they navigate the rapidly changing learning environment and transition to online labs. In response, PASCO is extending free resources to support the continuation of science learning despite school closures. We are offering these Home Science Tools free of charge for the remainder of this school year:

    • 6 month free access to Capstone and SPARKvue software
    • Free access to Essential Physics and Essential Chemistry curriculum
    • Distance Learning Labs and teacher resources in the PASCO Experiment Library

 

Free Access to Resources

Online Instruction

Post-Secondary Physics

Secondary Physics

Secondary Chemistry

Secondary Biology

Free Access to Resources


Software for Students and Teachers

We are extending our trial periods for Capstone and SPARKvue software on Mac and PC to last through the end of this school year. Both softwares allow users to create, modify, and share home labs with an authentic laboratory feel. These licenses allow students to install Capstone and SPARKvue on their home computers. SPARKvue is also available for a free download on Chromebooks, iPads, and Android devices.

We have made Capstone and SPARKvue files with recorded data available to help support science distance learning. You will need either Capstone or SPARKvue to open those data files. Below are installers for Mac and Windows. You can also install SPARKvue for free on your mobile devices.

Essential Physics & Essential Chemistry

We are giving schools free access to the digital versions of Essential Physics 3rd Edition and Essential Chemistry curriculum through July 1, 2020. Both the Student e-Books and the Teacher e-Resources are entirely free to access and use. To access the Teacher e-Resources for these texts, please fill out this form. After receiving a code, you will be able to access the e-Resources here.

Student Access - Essential Physics 3rd Edition

Student Access Code: NGSS58653-EP3-SB-0720-M5UJJ

Student Access - Essential Chemistry

Student Access Code: NGSS58653-EC1-SB-0720-25XBT

Teacher Access - Request Form

Science Lab Activities

We are updating a number of our labs to better support distance learning. These lab activities will support remote, at-home learning to help students continue their education during this time. In the meantime, there are a number of software features that can improve home lab experiences for students, including Capstone’s Video features and SPARKvue’s Shared Sessions.

Online Instruction


We recognize that many schools need to provide online instruction for their students, which presents special challenges for science education. In the sciences, remote learning may require students to conduct essential labs at home, without risking their safety and without lab equipment. We want to assist you wherever possible, and encourage you to reach out to us if you require other materials.

Capstone and SPARKvue can be used to improve the authenticity of home labs and remote learning. Both softwares include features that support communication and data sharing, but their specific capabilities differ. The following explanation of Capstone and SPARKvue features can help you decide which software will best support your needs.

Capstone: Best for Post-Secondary & Secondary Physics

1. Capstone is our high-level data collection and analysis software. If your school is already using Capstone, then you have global rights to distribute this software to your students for home installation. At any time, students may download a free, 6-month trial version of Capstone from our website. When the trial version expires, Capstone will request the code that was given to your school. You may share this code freely with students to convert the trial version of Capstone to the permanent version.

  • Download a free, 6-month trial of Capstone:

2. Sharing data with students is as easy as doing the lab yourself and saving the Capstone file. Once saved, you can share it with your students through email.

3. Conducting the lab yourself can be quick and easy. When you are done, simply save and share the data. If you need assistance conducting a lab, the PASCO Video Library has hundreds of instructional videos to help you conduct labs for any subject.

4. Showing students how a dataset was collected is essential to their understanding of concepts and data analysis. To accomplish this, we recommend including a quick video of the data being collected with the Capstone data file. We recommend three possible methods for this:

A. With Capstone, you can easily create a video of the data collection process. This requires an easy setup that shows students what they would see as they follow the steps in the lab. Students may open the saved data file while watching a video of the experiment to simulate an authentic lab experience. After viewing the video, students can continue to follow the lab instructions for analysis, before digitally submitting it to the instructor for evaluation.

B. PASCO also offers prepared Capstone Lab Workbooks with instructions for conducting the lab within Capstone. Instructors may use these Workbooks to collect data, then share the Workbook and data with students for analysis. To provide context, a quick video of how the data was collected would be necessary (similar to the video produced in suggestion A). You can find prepared Capstone Workbooks here.

C. PASCO is producing quick data collection videos and Capstone data files to support educators seeking remote lab opportunities. These files are designed to help educators provide remote students with simulated lab experiences from any location. Each college-level lab covers content required by universities and does not require any lab equipment.

SPARKvue: Best for Secondary School & Younger Students

1. SPARKvue is our cross-platform data collection and analysis software. It runs on smartphones, desktops, laptops, tablets, Chromebooks, and iPads, making it ideal for students to use with any home device. If your school is already using SPARKvue, then you have global rights to distribute this software to your students for home installation. At any time, students may download a free, 6-month trial version of SPARKvue from our website. When the trial version expires, SPARKvue will request the code that was given to your school. Students may also download the SPARKvue App for free on their smartphones, iPads, or tablets at any time.

2. Creating a SPARKvue Shared Session is the easiest and most efficient way to host a home lab for students. With Shared Sessions, students can log into a SPARKvue session hosted by their teacher from anywhere, observe data collection in real time, then keep a copy of the data to perform their own analysis. Setting up a session is quick and easy and allows students to participate in a home lab using just their smartphone. Once the session is finished and students have completed their analysis, they can digitally submit their work using cloud services or the Journal Snapshot tool.

3. SPARKlabs allow you to create, modify, and share digital labs within SPARKvue. You can download free SPARKlabs from our website and modify them to fit your lessons, or you can create your own SPARKlab, complete with background information, instructions, tables, graphics, and more. Creating SPARKlabs is intuitive and exporting them to students is quick. After students have completed the SPARKlab and their analysis, they can digitally submit their work for review. You can download prepared SPARKvue files here.

4. We are in the process of restructuring SPARKvue labs to better support remote learning and home labs. Our Curriculum team will be adapting and adding activities for remote learning to the PASCO Experiment Library throughout the school closures. In the meantime, you may download and edit activities from the PASCO Experiment Library to support your learning goals.

5. While SPARKvue does not support video sharing, we suggest recording a video of an experiment with your smartphone. Sharing a recorded video of an experiment helps students form connections between the lab and the learning concept. For example, you could host a Shared Session with students, while recording or streaming a video of the experiment. After the session has ended, students can use a copy of the dataset and the video recording to complete their analysis and post-lab questions.

Resources & Home Labs for University Physics


PASCO is producing quick data collection videos and Capstone data files to support educators seeking remote lab opportunities. These files are designed to help educators provide remote students with simulated lab experiences from anywhere. Each college-level lab covers content required by universities and does not require any lab equipment.

Free Physics Labs & Videos:

Upcoming Labs & Videos:

  • Hydrostatic Pressure
  • Magnetic Field Strength
  • DC Circuits

Curriculum: Free Access to Essential Physics

To support educators and students as they transition to remote learning during the COVID-19 school closures, we are granting free access to the Essential Physics 3rd Edition Student e-Book and Teacher e-Resources for the remainder of the 2020 school year. The Student e-Book includes a full year of curriculum that can be used for high school, AP, IB, and algebra-based Physics courses. A copy of the Essential Physics 3rd Edition e-Book can be accessed below. To receive access to the Teacher e-Resources for Essential Physics 3rd Edition, please fill out this form. After receiving a code, you will be able to access the Teacher Resources here.

Capstone Lab Workbooks

Instructors can use Capstone Lab Workbooks to collect data, then share their Workbook and data with students for independent analysis. We recommend sharing a quick video of the data being collected to give students context for their data analysis and post-lab questions. You can check out our prepared Capstone Workbooks with sample data here.

Resources & Home Labs for Secondary Physics


PASCO is producing quick data collection videos and Capstone data files to support educators seeking remote lab opportunities. These files are designed to help educators provide remote students with simulated lab experiences from anywhere. Each standards-aligned lab covers required content and does not require any lab equipment.

Free Physics Labs & Videos:

Upcoming Labs & Videos:

  • Hydrostatic Pressure
  • Magnetic Field Strength
  • DC Circuits

Curriculum: Free Access to Essential Physics

To support educators and students as they transition to remote learning during the COVID-19 school closures, we are granting free access to the Essential Physics 3rd Edition Student e-Book and Teacher e-Resources for the remainder of the 2020 school year. The Student e-Book includes a full year of curriculum that can be used for high school, AP, IB, and algebra-based Physics courses. A copy of the Essential Physics 3rd Edition e-Book can be accessed below. To receive access to the Teacher e-Resources for Essential Physics 3rd Edition, please fill out this form. After receiving a code, you will be able to access the Teacher Resources here.

Software: Free 6-Month Capstone Trial

For Physics educators transitioning to remote teaching and home labs, we suggest utilizing Capstone’s free 6-month trial. If your school is already using Capstone, you already have global access to share your License Key with students for home installation.

Resources & Home Labs for Secondary Chemistry


PASCO is producing quick data collection videos and software data files to support educators seeking remote lab opportunities. These home science tools will help integrate video lab experiences into home labs to provide students with a realistic learning opportunity. You can check out our current list of remote labs below.

Free Chemistry Labs & Videos:

Upcoming Chemistry Labs & Videos:

  • Kinetics of Crystal Violet Bleaching

Experiment Library

The PASCO Experiment Library contains dozens of prepared Chemistry labs and activities that can be downloaded and shared with students for free. These prepared files can be modified to fit your needs and provide plenty of opportunity for adding your own content. You can view our existing Chemistry labs here. You can also access the Teacher Resources within the Experiment Library by logging into your PASCO account.

Curriculum: Free Access to Essential Chemistry

To support educators and students as they transition to remote learning during the COVID-19 school closures, we are granting free access to the Essential Chemistry Student e-Book and Teacher e-Resources for the remainder of the 2020 school year. The Student e-Book includes a full year of curriculum that can be used for high school, AP, IB, and college-level Chemistry courses. A copy of the Essential Chemistry e-Book can be accessed below. To receive access to the Teacher e-Resources for Essential Chemistry, please fill out this form. After receiving a code, you will be able to access the e-Resources here.

Software: Free 6-Month SPARKvue Trial

If your school already uses SPARKvue or Capstone, then you have global rights to share the Licence Key with students for home installation. If you currently do not use SPARKvue, we suggest downloading a 6-month trial of either to support remote labs during this time. SPARKvue is compatible with smartphones, tablets, Mac, PC, iPads, laptops, and Chromebooks.

Resources & Home Labs for Secondary Biology


PASCO is producing quick data collection videos and software data files to support educators seeking remote lab opportunities. These home science tools will help integrate video lab experiences into home labs to provide students with a realistic learning opportunity. You can check out our current list of remote labs below.

Free Biology Labs & Videos:

Upcoming Labs:

  • Enzyme Activity
  • Energy Dynamics
  • Finding Patient Zero - Modeling an Outbreak

Experiment Library

The PASCO Experiment Library contains dozens of prepared Biology labs and activities that can be downloaded and shared with students for free. These prepared files can be modified to fit your needs and provide plenty of opportunity for adding your own content. You can view our existing Biology and Life Science labs here.

Software: Free 6-month Trials for SPARKvue

If your school already uses SPARKvue, then you have global rights to share the Licence Key with students for home installation. If you currently do not use SPARKvue, we suggest downloading a 6-month trial of either to support remote labs during this time. SPARKvue is compatible with smartphones, tablets, Mac, PC, iPads, and Chromebooks.

SPARKvue Shared Sessions

Creating a SPARKvue Shared Session is the easiest and most efficient way to host a home lab for students. With Shared Sessions, students can log into a SPARKvue session hosted by their teacher from anywhere, observe data collection in real time, then keep a copy of the data to perform their own analysis. Setting up a session is quick and easy, and allows students to participate in a home lab using only their smartphone. Once the session is finished and students have completed their analysis, they can digitally submit their work using cloud services or the Journal Snapshot tool.


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