Wireless Sensors Now Available for Science Classroom Experiments

Pasco Scientific has introduced what the company says is the first line of wireless sensors that can be used by students in classroom experiments and connect to almost any technology platform.

The wireless sensors can be used in a number of typical science lab procedures like measuring pH balance, temperature, pressure, force and acceleration. The wireless technology eliminates the need for a separate device to connect sensors to computers, tablets or smartphones.

Pasco's wireless sensors are compatible with Windows, Mac, iPad, iPhone, Android tablets and phones and Chromebooks. They must be Bluetooth Smart devices but, if not, a USB Bluetooth adaptor is available from Pasco.

With the use of the sensors, students can transfer information acquired in lab experiments directly to their devices, simplifying lab setup and allowing teachers and students more time to perform their experiments.

Prices for the wireless sensors begin at $39 and battery life on the sensors can be as long as a semester or, depending on use, a year.

"Pasco was the first to offer wireless and mobile capabilities in education in 2009 with our Airlink sensor interface and many others have followed our example since then. Our commitment to innovation is driven by our mission to transform science education for teachers and students," said Pasco CEO Steven Korte. "With the new wireless sensors, teachers can implement dynamic tools to empower students to think and act like scientists and apply that thinking to real-world situations. It's more than just memorizing facts. When students can measure and analyze — and see the invisible — they become more engaged and unleash their curiosity in science."

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