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SPARKvue from PASCO Scientific Wins the 2017 SIIA CODiE Award for Best Science Instructional Solution

SPARKvue cross-platform science learning application combines standards-based content, data collection, visualization, analysis and assessment into one seamless environment

 

PASCO Scientific, a leader in 21st century science education, today announced that its SPARKvue cross-platform data collection and analysis software for science classrooms is the winner of the 2017 SIIA CODiE Award in theBest Science Instructional Solutioncategory.

In its 34th year, the SIIA CODiE Awards is the software and information industry’s only peer-reviewed awards program recognizing product excellence. A CODiE Award win for education companies is an especially prestigious honor, as each award winner is selected by a combination of educators who act as initial judges by selecting finalists from among all nominees, and SIIA member-company peers who vote to select the winners from among the finalists.

SPARKvue beat out six other finalists in the Best Science Instructional Solution category, one of 34 education technology categories this year, several of which are new or updated to reflect the latest industry trends and business models.

Just three months ago, PASCO received the Product Innovation Award for STEM in the international GESS Education Awards competition. According to company founder Paul Stokstad, this combination of highly coveted international awards is proof that PASCO Scientific provides educators with the best, most innovative, effective and affordable solutions for science classrooms around the world. “These awards are not only an incredible honor for us, but they completely validate the effectiveness of combining PASCO Scientific data collection tools with hands-on activities to foster inquiry-based learning and deeply engage students in science,” said Stokstad.

Available as a free app for Chromebook, iPad and Android tablets, SPARKvue is a powerful yet easy to use science application that combines rich standards-based content, data collection, visualization, analysis and assessment into one seamless environment. It allows students to perform sensor data analysis — at school or home, with opportunities for reflection using journal snapshots of work as well as written observations — all with the touch of a finger. Free 60-day trials are available for PC and Mac computers as well.

For more information, visit http://spark.ciderhousetech.com.au/

new sparkvue smallSPARKvue version 3.0 was just released on August 11th, 2017. This feature release includes significant upgrades to Graph and Scope displays, new in-context graph tools, and much more. Our software team is constantly taking feedback from educators and continually improving our software. Be sure to download the new update and see the changes for yourself

About this download

        • The most recent version is 3.0.0 for Mac and Windows released on 8/11/2017
        • This update is intended for users who have a licensed version of SPARKvue and who are using Mac or Windows computers
        • The update is free from any previous version of SPARKvue
        • Updating SPARKvue will not alter or delete any of your saved work

What's new in this version

        • Improved Graph, Scope, FFT and Bar Graph displays
        • Ability to directly connect Wireless Sensors to compatible Windows devices
        • New and improved Graph tool behaviors
        • Easier to change display measurements and units
        • New calibration option for wireless CO2 sensor
        • Firmware update for SmartCart fixing a time shift between Acceleration from Position sensor and measured Acceleration-x
        • New, larger readout for the Digits display
        • Resolved several known issues

See the full release notes for SPARKvue 3.0.0

We have just updated our STEM / STEAM section of our website, here you will find plenty of products and ideas for your STEM / STEAM projects

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How do I use the scope mode within SPARKvue with the built-in microphone? Within Windows and Android devices, it is possible to use the built-in microphone signal to display the wave form on an oscilloscope (scope) display.

At this stage, this feature is not avaiable for Apple products.

SPARKvue and CapstoneSPARKvue 2.7 and PASCO Capstone 1.9 were released on April 26th, 2017. Be sure to upgrade to the latest version for free and check out all the new features!

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IMPORTANT UPDATE ISSUE RESOLVED

 

The good news is, we have a simple resolution!

Make sure you have v 54.0.2840.101 of the Google Chrome OS or later.

 

What is the situation?

  • The latest release of the Google Chrome OS, version 54, breaks the USB Serial Communication used by the PS-3500 BLE Adaptor. 

What does this mean?

  • Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) devices cannot connect to Chromebooks that have updated to version 54. All PASCO BLE wireless sensors are affected for wireless connection. 
  • Direct USB connection is not affected and works as expected.  PASCO wireless sensors with USB capability and USB interfaces (USB Link, Airlink, Airlink 2, SPARKlink, SPARKlink Air and 550) are unaffected. 

 

 

What should you do?

  • If your machines have not updated to V54, we suggest freezing the OS at V53 until Google fixes the OS.  See below for instructions on how to prevent updates.
  • If your machines are already updated you can connect your PASCO Wireless sensors that have a USB connection (for example AirLink, Force/Accel, Pressure, etc.) via the USB port until the issue is resolved. Non-USB enabled BLE sensors such as Temp, pH, Light, will not work.
  • If your machines are already updated and USB connection is not possible consider rolling the OS back to v53 to regain use of BLE devices. See below for rollback instructions.

Who is responsible for fixing this problem?

Google.  This problem is due to changes Google made which broke this part of the operating system.  PASCO, and all other companies, are dependent on Google to fix the issue. The issue is logged with Google and other developers have noted the same problem. Engineering is monitoring the situation with Google closely. Note the period for Google between releases is typically 2-4 weeks although there is no guarantee that the next release will address this issue. We will keep you updated as we learn more.

 

To work around the issue download this PDF.

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About this download

  • The most recent version is 2.5.1 for Mac and Windows released on 10/20/2016
  • This update is intended for users who have a licensed version of SPARKvue and who are using Mac or Windows computers
  • The update is free from any previous version of SPARKvue
  • Updating SPARKvue will not alter or delete any of your saved work

What's new in this version

  • Support for new Wireless Conductivity Sensor (PS-3210)
  • Improvements for the Wireless Light Sensor (PS-3213)
  • Minor Visual Improvements
  • Several resolved issues and bug fixes

 

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capstone sqAbout this download

  • The most recent version is 1.7.1 released on 20/10/2016
  • This update is intended for users who have a licensed version of PASCO Capstone.
  • This is a maintenance release that adds support for the Wireless Conductivity Sensor and improvements for the Wireless Light Sensor as well as resolving several issues.

 

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2016 TL WinnerPASCO Scientific is the only company to win three or more awards in the new products category

Roseville, Calif. — Oct. 17, 2016 — Three state-of-the-art science teaching and learning solutions from PASCO® Scientific have been recognized as outstanding and “innovative applications that break new ground” in the annual Awards of Excellence competition sponsored by Tech & Learning magazine. The winners were chosen from among hundreds of entries of software, hardware, network, app and Web products designed to help educators improve student learning.   

Two of PASCO’s award winners — the PASCO Smart Cart and Wireless Temperature Sensor — come from the company’s new line of wireless technologies, which allow students to spend more time exploring and performing experiments that were difficult or impossible before. Embedding sensor technology directly into the cart, the PASCO Smart Cart wirelessly transmits position, velocity, acceleration and force data directly to a computer or mobile device via Bluetooth®.  The Wireless Temperature Sensor, the first of 10 wireless products released this year, allows students to access instant temperature readings and continuously monitor, log and plot temperature data in a variety of applications.

The third of PASCO’s winners is the ErgoBot, a robotic motion system that that bridges the gap between curriculum and equipment, and between science and engineering. The device communicates wirelessly with any computer or mobile device, displays position and velocity in real time, and connects graphs to the equations of motion. The ErgoBot also comes with a variety of curricula to help teachers lead lessons in everything from vector navigation to programming.

“We appreciate the acknowledgement that the ErgoBot and PASCO’s line of wireless solutions are breaking new ground,” said Steven Korte, CEO of PASCO Scientific. “Sensor-based lab investigations provide rich opportunities for students to deepen their understanding and develop hands-on experience using tools like those used by real-life scientists and engineers.”

Earlier this year Tech & Learning honored PASCO’s wireless sensors as Best of Show winners for the International Society for Technology in Education 2016 Conference, the largest education technology conference in the nation. In recent months, the company’s products have also been recognized by the EdTech Digest Awards, GESS Education Awards, and BETT Awards.

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Spring is in full swing and your lab is probably in full use. Saving time in the lab is critical so your students have more time for discussion and analysis. Our wireless sensors can help make data collection fast and easy. Take a look at some of our quick ideas that only require a Wireless Temperature Sensor paired with a device running SPARKvue— and the full-featured app is free for iOS, Android and Chrome devices. Our #PASCOshorts are 1 minute videos of hands-on experiments in earth, life and physical science. Check out our #PASCOshorts YouTube channel to see more and email us if you have suggestions for a future video!

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 How do I use the data logging feature for wireless sensors within SPARKvue? It is possible to use SPARKvue to setup wireless sensors for remotely collecting data over long periods of time when the sensor is not attached to a computing device.

 

To view our wirelss sensor range click here.

 

Brighton Grammar is an all-boys school in a suburb of Melbourne that had been struggling with outdated and unreliable science equipment. The decision was made to implement PASCO solutions such as sensors and SPARKvue software.

The results were higher student engagement and motivation, more accurate and reliable data, greater ease of use and increased confidence and learning on the part of the students.

"Because PASCO equipment is so easy to assemble, my students don’t ask mechanical questions about how the equipment fits together... Instead, they ask questions about the concepts and theories underlying the experiments they’re conducting. "

-Dan Belluz, Director of Teaching and Learning, Brighton Grammar School 

Download the Case Study's PDF

 

About this download

  • The most recent version is 2.5.0 for Mac and Windows released on 7/15/2016
  • This update is intended for users who have a licensed version of SPARKvue and who are using Mac or Windows computers
  • The update is free from any previous version of SPARKvue
  • Updating SPARKvue will not alter or delete any of your saved work

What's new in this version

  • Support for the new wireless sensors (Smart Cart, Voltage, Current, and Light)
  • Allows independent Sampling Rates for different sensors
  • Support for remote Data Logging for wireless sensors
  • The ability to export data to a single csv file
  • You can now capture and share data display snapshot images
  • Allows the use of share sheets on mobile platforms
  • The ability to rename runs of data
  • File size reduction for the Chromebook app to allow easier installation
  • Several Resolved Issues

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New sparkvuePasco’s Sparkvue app is the perfect companion for your force plate. With force plates becoming cheaper and more affordable for the clinician and their ability to provide new and important qualitative and quantitative data that could only hypothesized by the clinician previously, this app is a real game changer, especially for those who perform the full spectrum of Functional Performance Testing.

 

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Special Thanks to Keith Angus - Christ Church Grammar School, for the awesome videos.

The Diffusion Cloud Chamber is used to view high energy alpha particles, lower energy beta particles, and electrons produced by gamma rays interacting with gas molecules. The Chamber allows for the viewing of cosmic rays without the need for dry ice or external illumination.

 

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Over the past 10 years, the Science of Learning Centers program has funded research at six centers: The Center of Excellence for Learning in Education, Science and Technology (CELEST), Center for Learning in Informal and Formal Environments (LIFE), Pittsburgh Science of Learning Center for Robust Learning (PSLC)Spatial Intelligence and Learning Center (SILC)Temporal Dynamics of Learning Center (TLC), and Visual Language and Visual Learning Center (VL2).

This week, scholars from those centers met in Arlington to discuss their latest findings, lessons learned, new directions, and the transformative science that has taken place over the past decade. One of the major accomplishments of the centers has been to train the next generation of leaders in the science of learning, who are using what we now know as a foundation to answer new questions, create new experiments, and take the science forward.

Here are 10 takeaways from their meeting:

1. Technology is expanding our ability to understand and analyze learning in ways that were never before possible, from being able to look at brain activity over time windows on the order of 10 milliseconds to being able to non-invasively peer into the brain of a 5-month-old infant or “see” how memories can be held in a brain in waves to prevent two memories from competing with each other.
2. Humans are social and we learn better when learning environments take advantage of our social natures.

3. The very presence of another human being improves our learning. This is even true in online learning when a learner is told they are interacting with a real human, versus a computer program. Social robots have the potential to be more effective teachers than screens.
4. Spatial thinking underlies capabilities in STEM and these skills are malleable all the way into adulthood. We now have tools that could greatly improve math and STEM learning by “spatializing the curriculum.”
5. The benefits of bilingualism (including learning sign-language) reach beyond language skills to include cognitive flexibility.
6. Sound is not a requirement for language learning, visual language learning is very robust.
7. Timing is a crucial variable in learning and can be optimized for classroom learning.
8. Self-stereotyping around gender and race identities is important to one’s ability to learn.
9. Classroom methods and instructional principles have the potential to improve learning, but the individual methods that will work in the real world depend on the specific learning goals.
10. By adding the Arts to STEM: STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) there is the potential to broaden the appeal of STEM fields. We are also starting to learn about areas where the arts (especially music) can increase learning or improve the learning environment.

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