PASCO’s SPARKscience Named ‘Potential Game Changer’ in Education
SPARKscience has landed a coveted spot on EdNET’s Best for 2011 list as one of the top five recipients in the Shining Stars category, which recognizes potential “game changers” in the education marketplace.
“As a 2011 ‘Shining Stars’ recipient, PASCO’s SPARKscience is believed to be one of the superstars of the education marketplace by the EdNET community and the EdNET’s Best panelists,” said Dr. Nelson Heller, President of EdNET, MDR. “Being listed among the EdNET’s Best top five puts you on the shortlist of exemplary offerings in the education industry.”
A 21st Century Discovery-Based Science Learning Environment
In a world where science and technology are an ever growing part of our daily lives the demand for science literacy has never been greater. Students learn best, and engage more, with inquiry based teaching that puts modern tools and technologies in their own hands.
PASCO has developed the SPARKscience platform to provide students with hands-on learning that integrates interactive visualization, data collection and analysis in a meaningful and engaging way.
SPARKvue is media rich, touch screen capable, and adapts to your classroom technology without a problem. Just connect our SPARKlink interface to use it on Macs & PCs, interactive white boards, netbooks, even iPads or iPod Touches. It also powers our standalone unit the SPARK.
The intuitive user interface makes for almost no learning curve which makes it easy to use with elementary and middle school learners but SPARKvue's ability to display data in any fashion you wish (digits, meter, table, graph) and open powerful analysis tools with the touch of the screen or mouse makes it robust enough for advanced high school or university applications as well.
Collect real-time sensor data, make predictions right on a graph and see the result, capture a snapshot of student work at any time with the journaling feature and create and edit student assessment prompts. Just a few of its many features.
The SPARK Science Learning System is a fully integrated, standalone option for science that promotes collaborative learning and the sharing of ideas both in and out of the classroom.
The oversized hand straps make it easy to pass back and forth and the large full-color touch screen means that everyone in the lab group is involved and seeing the results of the activity. Simple two button design means starting and stopping data collection is easy for right or left handed students and frees up a hand for holding a sensor or probe.
The SPARK can use up to 4 sensors simultaneously with its two ports for any PASPORT sensor and built in temperature and voltage ports. It is also splash resistant, has two USB ports and has a rechargeable, high capacity battery.
With over 70 available sensors students can measure virtually anything. With plug and play capabilities, any of the sensors can be connected and SPARKvue will immediately recognize it and be ready to collect data. From experiments on weather to cellular respiration, from sound levels in an elementary school classroom to advanced optics in physics – PASPORT probeware provides the information needed for modern science activities
And PASCO's exclusive MultiMeasure Sensors™ pack even more functionality and value into one convenient sensor package.
SPARKlab activities seamlessly integrate content with data collection and analysis. Fully self-contained, students are engaged throughout with self-check questions, prompts for predictions and assessment questions. Teachers can design their own SPARKlabs or use labs created by PASCO and an ever growing list of partners.
We want you to experience how effective the integrated learning experience is with SPARKscience. So we include over 60 free SPARKlabs with every SPARK Science Learning System or SPARKvue license with a increasing library of additional titles availablefrom PASCO, Sally Ride, Carolina, Horizon and more!