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Why Real-Time Data Collection?

There is extensive academic research on the effectiveness of an immediately available representation of graphical data. Through the integration of probes, a variety of sensors, and laptop computers, students are provided with the opportunity to make observations, take measurements, and conduct their own analyses, observing phenomena simultaneously at the microscopic and macroscopic levels. Equally important, the process of real-time data collection and analysis mirrors the practice of science as performed in the field and the laboratory, giving students an understanding of how investigations are conducted by scientists.

Our Equipment

The Probemobile consists of a set of 5 computers, probes, software, and a wireless hub (see below for more detailed specifications). After developing one or more lessons that integrate probes into their existing curriculum, a teacher will generally book the Probemobile for a one-week period. The Probemobile comes with a support team that consists of a GK12 Engineering Fellow, a Pedagogical Advisor, and one or more undergraduates with appropriate training in the hardware/software, as well as the techniques of teaching and learning with technology.

We currently have five (5) i-Book laptop computers housed in a hard-walled portable suitcase. We have an additional portable suitcase for the Lab Pro interfaces, the sensors, and the probes. Once in the classroom, each Lab Pro interface is connected to a laptop, and then to whichever sensor is being used for the particular experiment. The current set of probes includes:

  • 5 stainless temperature probes,
  • 5 pH probes,
  • 5 motion detectors,
  • 5 conductivity probes,
  • 5 light sensors and
  • 5 voltage probes.

 

Training / Workshops:

Training occurs as part of our regular summer workshops.

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