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Nova Scotia 4-6 Resources

Welcome to the ‘Grades 4-6 Nova Scotia Section’ of the PASCO / AYVA website!

In 2015 the Nova Scotia Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (EECD) adopted PASCO sensors for grades 4 through 6. By now all grade 4-6 science classrooms across the province of Nova Scotia should be equipped with pasport weather sensors, weather anemometers, general science sensors and SPARKvue.

Within this section you will find a wealth of information and tools designed to help you in getting started with your new sensors.

Download SPARKvue Software for Free

SPARKvue works on Mac & Windows computers, iPads, iPhones, Android tablets and phones
and Chromebooks and the user experience is the same regardless of the platform.

Getting Started With PASCO

Below is an unboxing video that shows the equipment you should receive and how to quickly set it up. Also, an introductory video on SPARKvue software.

About Your PASCO Sensors

Brief introductions to the Weather and General Science Sensors and then two videos showing how both can be used with SPARKvue software.

PASCO Digital Library

Hundreds of free experiments and lab activities. Search by subject and grade level or by specific PASCO products. Download editable student labs, teacher notes with setup instructions, SPARKvue or Capstone software configuration files and more.

What are SPARKlabs & How Do They Work?

Here, Mr. Jerry Delsol, Teacher from Woodland Joint Unified School District, demonstrates the use of PASCO Scientific’s
probeware while doing an exothermic/endothermic reaction experiment using fruit juice and Alka-Seltzer.

This is a great activity for Grade 5 chemical changes!

Try it yourself:

Download this SPARKlab file so you can follow along and then try it on your own: Alka-Seltzer & Juice.spk2.
As with all SPARKlabs you must have the SPARKvue app or software installed to open these files.

Samples of Correlated SPARKlab Templates
Here are three sample templates that correlate to the Nova Scotia curriculum. 

SPARKlab Activities

SPARKlabs are interactive, guided lab activities that use PASCO sensors and software. Below are the 15 activities selected for use in Grades 4-6 using your sensors. Activities in marked with an asterisk* represent the extension activities for each grade.

Authorized Learning Resources (ALR)

To expand & browse the product lists simply click onto the “title” or the “+/-“.

PASCO Wireless Sensors

The SKU number listed is your Nova Scotia ALR number.

PASCO Sensors

The SKU number listed is your Nova Scotia ALR number.

PASCO Interfaces

Simply check the box at the end of each row, adjust to your desired quantity and then click the add selected to cart button at the bottom.

PASCO Software

The SKU number listed is your Nova Scotia ALR number.

PASCO Textbooks

The SKU number listed is your Nova Scotia ALR number.

PASCO Lab Equipment

The SKU number listed is your Nova Scotia ALR number.


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  • A big thanks for all the help and support you provided – I want to take some time to say a big thanks for all the help and support you provided me to select the best equipment in order to make the best possible use of the funds available. It is really exceptional that you happily connected with me multiple times even during the weekend and was always motivated to help. Please accept my big thanks for this.

    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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