Apr 072010

A version of PASCO’s state-of-the-art science learning software, SPARKvue, is now available for the iPhone, iPod touch and the iPad, the company announced today. The data collection and analysis software creates an environment for real-time measurement, data visualization and analysis that students can use wherever they go, inside or outside the classroom. It can be downloaded for free from the App Store(SM). Released April 2nd, the application has already been downloaded in 22 countries.

“We have optimized SPARKvue for use on the iPhone and iPod touch and, soon, the iPad, to give students and educators even greater flexibility to conduct real-time scientific investigations from anywhere the opportunity presents itself,” said Wayne Grant, Ph.D., chief education officer at PASCO. “Imagine being able to conduct an investigation on acceleration while riding on a roller coaster with these small and lightweight devices.”

Students can measure a wide range of phenomena—including pH, temperature, force and carbon dioxide level—by connecting any one of PASCO’s PASPORTsensors to the iPhone, iPod touch or iPad via the PASPORT Airlink2, a Bluetooth wireless sensor interface. SPARKvue can also record data from the device’s internal accelerometers, with no additional hardware needed. Data can be collected and displayed in graphs, digits, and meters and summarized with statistics.

SPARKvue is designed for scientific inquiry in biology, chemistry, earth science, environmental science, physics, and physical science. SPARKvue for the iPhone is part of PASCO’s  SPARKscience platform, a global 21st century science learning experience that integrates real scientific investigation with an entire research-based learning process that includes sensor-based data collection, interactive visualization and data analysis. The SPARKscience platform supports a wide range of displays and analysis tools, including the all-in-one SPARK Science Learning System, Windows and Mac-based computers, interactive whiteboards, netbooks, and, now, handheld devices such as iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.

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