HP Debuts Mobile Calculating Lab


HP has announced HP Mobile Calculating Lab (MCL) solutions, designed to allow middle and high school students to capture real-world information in real time, translate that information into numerical data, and then analyze that data with the familiar graphing calculator functions.

The MCL solutions consist of a HP 39gs or 40gs Graphing Calculator, the HP StreamSmart 400, a range of Fourier scientific sensors and probes, calculator presentation software, and classroom instruction materials. The presentation software also allows teachers to project simulated calculator experiences to the class.

"HP Mobile Calculating Lab solutions bring excitement back to the classroom and enhance both the teaching and learning experience," said Wing Kin Cheung, general manager, Calculator Division, HP, in a statement Tuesday. "Education is a key focus area for HP, and we are thrilled to deliver a powerful, easy-to-use learning tool to help build a generation of students more in tune to the world around them."

According to HP, the MCL offers plug-and-play simplicity in a package small enough to be transported for off-site experiments. Some of the system features include: fast data collection, with speeds up to 5,000 samples per second; multiple ports, allowing for collection from multiple probes simultaneously; isolation of data, offering the ability to export only selected information; and customization by subject area, with solutions built around physics, chemistry, and biology, among others.

The HP Mobile Calculating Lab solutions are expected to be available this summer through select HP educational partners.

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