PASCO Solutions for STEM

Sensors:  Engaging Students in Technology for Experiential Learning and STEM Education

Educational sensors are extremely effective tools for supporting experiential learning and problem solving activities. 

PASCO’s Wireless Sensors are fully compatible with today’s mobile computers (Smart Phones, iPads and Chromebooks) which enable students to quickly record and analyze real-world data.  With promptly-acquired measurements that are displayed in meaningful graphs, charts and tables, students are afforded more time to analyze data and conduct multiple trials under varying conditions. 

Classroom experiments move away from being recipe in nature to more explorative and meaningful experiences resulting in ‘eureka’ moments of insight.

All of your sensors connect to SPARKvue in the same way. 
This video explains how to connect a sensor wirelessly and to get started collecting data.

Featured PASCO Wireless Sensors

This is the sensor biology teachers can’t live without.  Ideal for respiration, photosynthesis and pollution investigations.

Video: Photosynthesis Demo (4 minutes)

Measures 17 different parameters.  Ideal for weather investigations and monitoring micro-climates.

Video: Teacher Review (3 minutes)
Video: Introduction Video (1 minute)

PASCO’s number one selling product for the last two years.  Great for teaching kinematics, dynamics and momentum in senior Physics

Video: Overview (5 minutes)
Video: 14 Amazing Things to do with Smart Carts (3 minutes)

PASCO STEM Solutions - Beyond Sensors

PASCO has been designing educational equipment and instrumentation for over 50 years.  Not willing to simply follow and produce ‘me-too’ products, PASCO is an exemplary company for bringing transformative educational solutions to market.  The Modular Circuits and Building Better Bridges are two recent additions that have quickly gained market praise for providing better ways to teach science and technology.

An unparalleled tool for helping students visualize electricity and circuits.  Indispensable for teaching Grade 9 electricity.

Video: Quick Intro (1 minute)
Video: Overview (8 minutes)

An incredible STEM structure kit for explorative project based activities.  Students can configure trusses and connecting beams in various configurations and then test the resulting stresses on the structure using a wireless load cell.

PASCO Sensors and E-STEM (Environmental Education and STEM)

Environmental Sensors

Science investigations should not be strictly confined to the laboratory.  Having students monitor and explore a local ecosystem is a great way for students to appreciate the relevance of science to their real world.

PASCO’s Wireless Sensors are the perfect tools for monitoring terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems.  All wireless sensors feature on board memory and long lasting power for collecting real-time field measurements.  Alternatively, the sensors can be left to record on their own to monitor environmental changes for days and even weeks.  The long-range Bluetooth communication also ensures that the student’s computing device is not put in harms-way.

PASCO’s Instructional Resources to Support Project Based Activities

PASCO’s Wireless Sensors and equipment naturally lend themselves to student designed investigations.  With the guiding-hand of their teacher, student can devise investigations completely from scratch.  Alternatively providing students with some direction and structure can help ensure success and alignment with curricular goals.

Project: Design a Water Purification Process

Blog: Water purification

Simultaneously measures six discrete wavelengths across the visual spectrum.  A superb tool for chemistry, biology and environmental studies
Lesson: Chlorophyll Extraction
Video: Colorimetry (1 minute)

An essential sensor for chemistry.  Great for titration experiments and water quality investigations
Video: Conductivity of sports drinks

Project: Design an Insulator

The first sensor to consider for your science department.  Completely sealed to protect against water damage and can collect data remotely for weeks at a time
Video: Intermolecular Forces (1 minute)

Project: Design an Airbag 

Pressure Sensor
A remarkably useful sensor as it can record changes in pressure in enclosed chambers.
Lesson: Enzyme Activity
Lesson: Respiration and Energy

Project: Design a Galvanic Cell

Voltage Sensor
Record data in real-time or leave to monitor and record voltage changes for hours or even weeks.
Video: Lemon Battery

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  • 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

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    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

  • 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

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