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PASCO launches inquiry-based STEM tools

By Laura Devaney
August 28th, 2015

Scientific instruments and more for physics and chemistry teachers

pasco-scienceTo provide teachers with new ways to involve students in hands-on, inquiry-based science this school year, PASCO Scientific is introducing new hardware, apparatus, and curriculum solutions to engage students in STEM subjects such as chemistry and physics, and motivate them to want to learn more.

For high school and university physics classrooms, PASCO introduces the 550 Universal Interface, a wireless sensor interface with measurement capabilities for any physics experiment. For high-speed data collection, it features two PASPORT inputs that are compatible with PASCO’s complete line of more than 80+ PASPORT digital sensors. It also includes two high-speed analog inputs, two digital inputs compatible with all ScienceWorkshop digital sensors as well as timing devices and photogates, and a built-in signal generator with voltage and current sensors. The 550 Universal Interface offers wireless or USB connectivity, and works with PASCO’s SPARKvue and Capstone software.

Another new solution for physics classrooms is PASCO’s Projectile Launcher with the new Smart Gate system. Designed for tabletop projectile experiments, the launcher allows students to investigate projectile motion, while the Smart Gate provides more accurate velocity measurements with dual photogates. The Smart Gate connects to most PASPORT interfaces and has an auxiliary port to daisy chain to an additional photogate.

Finally, PASCO’s new Advanced Physics through Inquiry 1 teacher guide helps teachers prepare students for the rigors of the Advanced Placement Physics 1 lab. It includes 15 labs, which are based on the College Board Learning Objectives and employ strategies found in open response questions on the AP exam. Each lab is presented in three ways — structured, guided inquiry, and student-designed — allowing teachers to choose the appropriate level of inquiry. The labs also include instructional videos, assessment questions, sample data, editable lab activities, and more.

A new solution designed specifically for higher education classrooms is PASCO’s new Polarimeter. Ideal for introductory organic and biochemistry experiments, the Polarimeter can be used in biology and physics classes as well. With this scientific instrument, students can measure the optical rotation of plane polarized light by chiral compounds. The Polarimeter features Bluetooth and USB connectivity, and works on iPads, Chromebooks, Android devices, and computers.

“An important part of our mission at PASCO is to provide the tools, support, resources, and training that educators need to show students how STEM fields relate to real-life situations and, thus, encourage them to pursue STEM-related careers,” said Steven Korte, CEO of PASCO Scientific.

Material from a press release was used in this report.

About the Author:

Laura Devaney

Laura Ascione Devaney is the Managing Editor, Content Services at eSchool Media. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland's prestigious Philip Merrill College of Journalism. When she isn't wrangling her two children, Laura enjoys running, photography, home improvement, and rooting for the Terps. Find Laura on Twitter: @eSN_Laura http://twitter.com/eSN_Laura