This information pertains to the original LabQuest and LabQuest 2.

If you have LabQuest 3, see this article.

Here is how you can save your lab files to a LabQuest 2 or original LabQuest.

Copying the Lab from a Computer to the LabQuest Method 1:
Adding the Lab Files to a thumb drive
The method outlined below is for loading labs from a thumbdrive and not from LabQuest’s memory. We’ve provided detailed instructions and screenshots to help you put your labs on the LabQuest. It is not difficult and pretty quick to do. In the next release of the LabQuest app software, we plan to add an even easier way to add your own labs to LabQuest.

Activities built into LabQuest are in HTML format, and the basics of what we show here are that we export from Word into a web-friendly format (with some special options checked), then copy the files to LabQuest.

For our method of converting a lab from Word to HTML, we make the assumption that you are using Word 2002 or 2003.

Converting from Word to HTML

  1. Open the file you want to transfer to LabQuest in Word 2002 or 2003.
  2. Recommended: We suggest you change the font of the text in your document to Arial or Verdana in order to improve readability of the text in LabQuest.
  3. Choose Options… from the Tools menu.
  4. Click the Web Options… button on the General tab.
  5. On the Files tab, uncheck Organize supporting files in a folder.
  6. Change the encoding drop-down lists to “Unicode (UTF-8)” on the Encoding tab.
  7. Click OK to close the Web Options dialog.
  8. Click OK to close the Options dialog.
  9. Choose Save As Web Page… from the File menu.
  10. Choose your “Desktop”.
  11. Click the Create New Folder icon.
  12. Type in the name of the lab for the folder name and click OK.
  13. In the Save as type: drop-down list, choose “Web Page, Filtered (*.htm, *html)”.
  14. Important:
    • The file name must not include any spaces. You can use underscores to separate words.
    • The file name extension must be “.html”. LabQuest will not recognize the file as a lab unless the file name has an extension of “.html”.

  15. Click Save.
  16. You may encounter a warning message about formatting. Click Yes to continue. The Office-specific tags that will be removed are unnecessary for LabQuest and are only useful if you were going to edit the HTML file in Word.
  17. You may also encounter a report of formatting changes. Click Continue.
  18. Close Word.

Copying the Lab from a Computer to the LabQuest Using a USB Flash Drive or Secure Digital (SD) Memory Card

  1. Copy the folder from your desktop to a USB flash drive or SD Memory Card.
  2. Plug the USB flash drive into the LabQuest’s USB port or SD Memory Card into the LabQuest’s SD slot.
  3. On the LabQuest, choose View Lab Instructions… from the File menu.
  4. Tap the flash drive or SD card icon near the top left of the screen.
  5. Select the folder you copied to the flash drive or SD card. Tap OK.
  6. You should now see the HTML version of the lab you created from Word. Select the lab by tapping on it once.
  7. Tap OK to load the lab.

Copying the Lab from a Computer to the LabQuest Method 2:
Adding the Lab Files to the LabQuest’s Internal Memory
This method requires the use of Logger Pro 3.6 or newer.

If you are using an older version of Logger Pro 3, you can download a free update at:
https://www.vernier.com/tech/lpupdates.html

  1. Connect the LabQuest to the computer with the included USB cable.
  2. Start Logger Pro. You should see a LabQuest icon under the toolbar.
  3. Press the key combination: CtrlShiftAltt. You will get a dialog box as show below:
  4. Create a folder for the lab files by using the command: mkdir /home/share/labs/my_labs my_labs should be a folder name representative of the lab. Note: The name you choose can not include any spaces.
  5. Click the Send button. If the command was successful, the Result area should be blank.
  6. Type in the path that you created in step 4 in the LabQuest field: /home/share/labs/my_labs Replace my_labs with the folder name from step 4.
  7. Click the Browse… button.
  8. Choose your “Desktop”.
  9. Double-click the folder where lab was saved.
  10. In the Files of type: drop-down list, choose “All Files (*.*)”.
  11. Select the “.html” file and click the Open button.
  12. Click the Copy To LabQuest button.
  13. If the transfer was successful, you will see a message next to the Copy To Computer button.
  14. Repeat steps 7 through 12 for each image associated with your lab.

Now you have your lab loaded on the LabQuest.