With the LabQuest 2, Vernier has transformed the way teachers need to think about teaching science in the classroom and provided them with an easy and powerful solution for capturing data in real time. Utilizing their “connected science system” with the LabQuest 2 it is now possible to extend their set of tools to students, so that they can collaborate in real time-by simply launching a browser. For teachers that want to create more interactive science lessons and give students the opportunity to collect data the LabQuest 2 is certainly an outstanding tool you should include in your classroom. Giving students the opportunity to both visualize and analyze data is at the heart of science and what better way to make it hands-on than with the LabQuest 2.
In The Bronxville Daily Voice, Charles Ippolito, chair of the science department at Bronxville High School, says that students typically collect data and later input it into a computer. The LabQuest 2 systems will allow the students to send recently collected data to their tablets, smartphones, and laptops. They also can share their data right away. It grants immediacy, allowing the children to work from home after school.
“It’s sharp,” Ippolito said of the LabQuest 2. “Big things are going to happen.”
I used the system for several weeks to do everything from analyzing the motion on a swing and watching the voltage of a battery decline to monitoring the light of a sunset and taking longitude and latitude locations fixers in conjunction with sound and light readings. Its ability to grab data and analyze it is without comparison in such a small unit.
“Vernier’s LabQuest 2 can build interest in science, make experiments come alive, and deepen understanding of complex concepts. The affordable handheld tool supports student-centered, inquiry-based learning, high-end data collection, and critical analysis as budding scientists use real tools to conduct real-time investigations of natural phenomena.”
See how Vernier data loggers help students collect data so they can spend more time thinking about the science behind the data collection.
“There is the engagement factor and being able to feel like you’re really doing science and getting to ask and answer questions,” she (e.g. Megan Black, teacher at Weilenmann School of Discovery) said, adding that labs at the middle school level are mostly for student discovery.
The LabQuest 2 reference guide is now available for download. This extended guide is a comprehensive resource that details the features, hardware, and software of LabQuest 2.
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Martin Horejsi, a blogger with NSTA, posted his first hands-on review of LabQuest 2. Martin took LabQuest 2 to the geyser basin at the Old Faithful complex of Yellowstone Park to collect temperature and pH levels. He watched the data stream on his iPad from a safe distance as the probes collected data from various geysers and hot pools.
We found the LabQuest 2 an impressive combination of capabilities further dissolving the interference of the operation of the technology while preforming real-time data collection.
It seemed obvious that the LabQuest 2 would be a real game changer in the data collection space, but after our field test, it seems more that the LabQuest 2 has invented an entirely new game. However, ultimately it falls on the teachers and students to truly imagine the potential of this technology. In fact, I’d even go so far as to say that human imagination is the main limit of Vernier’s Connected Science System right now.
“These things are far outpacing anything I could do with just talking to the students about it or show them classroom examples,” Starr said. “We’re able to do a lot more hands-on experimentation, opening up their minds and their eyes to the things in science they can do through technology. Otherwise, it’s too much theory and not enough action.”