Tip #1: Test the equipment prior to advancing into the field with a group of students. Nothing is more disappointing than discovering issues while in the field or realizing data was not saved when returning from the field.
Tip #2: Charge the LabQuest or LabQuest 2 fully overnight before a day's use in the field. Consider bringing extra, charged batteries into the field. LabQuest or LabQuest 2 can be used to charge multiple batteries. Information regarding tools for charging the battery in the field can be found at:
TIL 2194: Can I use solar power or an external battery pack to power LabQuest?
Tip #3: If you are doing water quality, consider using the Data Matrix mode, which is perfect for collecting data at multiples sites over multiple days.
TIL 2366: What is the Data Matrix and how is it used?
Tip #4: Keep the interface you are using dry during use and during transport. One of the simplest ways to keep your interface dry is to use a neck strap. If a student drops a LabQuest near the stream, it only goes as far as the end of the strap. We sell these as Vernier Lanyard, order code LQ-LAN, $5. Recommendations for additional waterproof and water-resistant tools are available at:
TIL 2579: Are there options to protect my LabQuest from getting wet?
Tip #5: If using LabQuest 2, students can use the high-contrast mode when viewing LabQuest 2 in bright light. If using an original LabQuest, students can adjust the screen brightness to one hundred percent. Instructions to use these features can be found at:
TIL 1772: Is the LabQuest screen bright enough for outdoor use?
Tip #6: Make a file prior to going in the field with the correct data entry mode, experiment length and other parameters already set up. TIL 2939: Can I make a template for data collection on LabQuest?
More related TILs:
TIL 685: How can I provide power for my interface when used in the field for long-term data collection?
TIL 2878: What should I purchase for doing Amusement Park Physics?
TIL 2105: How do I set up LabPro and Logger Pro for remote data collection?
TIL 2802: How do I map data collected on a LabQuest or LabQuest 2?
TIL 1988: Vernier GPS Troubleshooting and FAQs
A detailed guide for data collection with GPS and GIS is also available in Appendix E from Investigating Environmental Science through Inquiry.
Vernier Lanyard, order code LQ-LAN, $5
LabQuest Battery Boost 2, order code LQ-BOOST2, $119
LabQuest 2 Lab Armor, order code LQ2-ARMOR, $15
Water Quality with Vernier, order code WQV, $48
Investigating Environmental Science through Inquiry, order code ESI, $48
Extra Long Temperature Probe Tips
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