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PASCO Software

PASCO offers two distinct options for data collection and analysis software.

PASCO Capstone has more powerful & sophisticated analysis tools and customization, which means a slightly higher learning curve but greater functionality for those who need the extra tools it offers. We recommend Capstone for physics and engineering applications and for users who need its specific features.

  • Designed for use only with Mac or Windows computers.
  • Built from the ground up to be the premier software for use in physics and engineering applications.
  • Includes a higher degree of user controls, including start/stop conditions, error bars, and the ability to exclude or delete data points.
  • Is completely customizable with a deep feature set, which gives you the flexibility and tools to design your own experiments.
  • Has free downloads for classic physics experiments using PASCO equipment.
  • Allows users to create custom tables, enter user data, copy and paste equations, and generate calculations quickly.
  • Video capture and analysis allow users to capture and sync video to data.

SPARKvue® is our easy-to-use, cross platform solution. SPARKvue is intuitive enough to use in elementary schools, but it has powerful analysis tools that are there when you need them. It’s ideal for new users or situations where probeware is used occasionally and a plug-and-play guided experience is desired.

  • Works on all major platforms – Windows & Mac computers, Chromebooks, iPads & iPhones, and Android tablets and phones.
  • An intuitive user interface makes it easy to get started.
  • Touch screen compatible.
  • Includes access to over 80 free, media-rich interactive SPARKlab® activities for Elementary & Middle School Sciences, Biology, Chemistry, Earth & Environmental Sciences, Physical Science, and Physics.
  • Student assessment is built in, and the journaling feature captures student data, notes, and responses.
  • Features data-sharing, so students in the classroom have the exact same experience as distance learners.

Desktop Software for PC & Mac

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    PASCO Capstone Single User License Digital Download

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    PASCO Capstone Site License Digital Download

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    SPARKvue Single User Licence Digital Download

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    SPARKvue Site Licence Digital Download

Comparison of Features SPARKvue PASCO Capstone
iOS/iPad®/iPhone® ChromebookTM AndroidTM phone or tablets

Data sharing
Free experiments available for download
Export data
Student journaling
Number of curve fits 8 24
Area under the curve
Prediction tool
Custom configure workspace
Min, max, mean, standard deviation
Oscilloscope display 1
Signal generator controls 1
Video analysis
Error bars
FFT Display 2
Open Datastudio files
1 When paired with the 550 Universal Interface.
2 FFT functionality introduced with SPARKvue version 2.7.0. FFT analysis for SPARKvue supports onboard microphone use with Windows and Android. Otherwise the CI-6506B Sound Sensor can be used with the 550 Universal Interface. Additionally, FFT can be used with the wireless Voltage and Current sensors connected via USB. 

More Great Apps From PASCO: Matchgraph! & Spectrometry

MatchGraph! Software. Engage your students with a hands-on experience that is centered on motion. Give them a deeper understanding of graphing and interpreting motion graphs, while they see their own motion graphed in real time and scored!

MatchGraph!™ software for Mac® & Windows® computers, and the MatchGraph! apps for iPads® are completely free downloads that give students an incredible introduction to the concepts of position, velocity, acceleration, rate of change/slope, motion graphs and more.


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


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