Brian Lamore, physics teacher at the Chinquapin School, Highlands, Texas, has his students build a “Beakman’s” Motor to study electromagnetic induction. This simple motor can be built in a single class period and the activity is always a favorite of his students. But nothing makes an activity more interesting than a little competition, so Brian challenges his students to build the motor that will spin the fastest.
Clarence Bakken, a retired physics teacher from California, explored insulating capabilities of different wall materials. Clarence used an Infrared Thermometer to study the rate at which heat is transferred through the walls in a model house.
Have you ever seen an LED-based headlamp that has selectable brightness? Sometimes the brightness change is from turning on more or fewer LEDs, but sometimes the individual LEDs seem to change brightness. How does this work? Usually when you reduce the voltage across an LED, it just goes out. We looked into this question using a Vernier Light Sensor and a LabQuest.
The Vernier LabQuest just received a wonderful review in MultiMedia & Internet@Schools, an educational publication. The review gave the LabQuest a 5-Star rating (out of 5) with the following grades:
East of Use: A
Product Support: A+
“Students will enjoy using LabQuest…. I was impressed by the rugged construction. This is definitely a tool that will last, which makes it an excellent buy—especially with today’s tight funding…. I have no doubt that LabQuest is going to get plenty of use in my classroom. I would highly recommend it for every classroom that is serious about engaging students in meaningful scientific investigations.”
Multimedia & Internet @ Schools
Country Hills Elementary School
Coral Springs, Florida
Vernier announces breakthrough data-collection technology for science education—the Vernier LabQuest.
LabQuest works as a stand-alone device or as a computer interface, providing the versatility to excel in the classroom or in the field.
The Vernier LabQuest includes built-in software for data collection, graphing, and analysis, and on-board applications such as a periodic table and stopwatch. Use the powerful and intuitive software from the vivid color touch-screen—all packed in a rugged and water-resistant exterior.
The freedom to inquire. The technology to excel. The Vernier LabQuest.
The Ocean Optics™ Red Tide Emissions Spectrometer is the perfect tool to conduct emissions analysis and much more. It connects directly to your computer with a standard USB cable and gives precise measurements instantly over a range of 380–950 nm. Use the Red Tide Emissions Spectrometer with a recommended Optical Fiber Assembly to add versatility and allow a greater range of analysis options.
Combine a 3-axis accelerometer, a force sensor, and an altimeter into one unit that communicates wirelessly with your computer and you’ve got a truly wireless system. The Wireless Dynamics Sensor System is a complete data-collection system completely free of friction due to cables.