BETT Award Finalists
PASCO’s SPARKvue softare and new Wireless Spectrometer are in the running for 2015 BETT awards.
PASCO Scientific, a leader in 21st century science education, today announced that two of its products are finalists in the 17th annual Bett Awards. Organized and managed by i2i Events Group and the British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA), the Bett Awards recognize and celebrate excellence in the use of information technology in education.
The two shortlisted products are: SPARKvue with data-sharing, a science learning application that combines rich content, data collection, visualization, analysis, and assessment into one seamless environment; and PASCO’s Wireless Spectrometer, the world’s first wireless spectrometer that, with integrated light sources and CCD detector, can measure light intensity, absorbance, transmittance, and fluorescence, and supports a variety of experiments. The two are nominated in the Educational App and Digital Devices categories, respectively.
“For more than 50 years PASCO has worked to advance science education through the innovative application of technology solutions. To be recognized by such an esteemed program is validation that our lab activities and technologies are helping foster student interest and achievement in the sciences,” said Steven Korte, CEO of PASCO. “We are honored and more dedicated than ever to continue providing schools around the world with the tools that enable inquiry-based learning and expose students to the fascinating world of modern science and technology careers.”
A finalist in the Educational Apps category, SPARKvue is a powerful, yet easy to use application that delivers state-of-the-art data collection, visualization, and analysis tools within a content-rich, standards-based science learning and sharing environment. With SPARKvue, students are able to think and act like real scientists as they design and carry out experiments, analyzing their data to prove their hypothesis right, or learn why it was wrong. The application helps students connect the lab experience with lectures, reading, and discussion, an approach proven to result in better mastery of subject matter and stronger scientific reasoning.
With both Bluetooth and USB connectivity, the Wireless Spectrometer, a finalist in the Digital Devices category, is the first wireless spectrometer enabling direct student use on tablets and computers. The Spectrometer + Spectrometry app supports experiments including emission spectrometry, absorbance spectra analysis of colored solutions and plant pigments, Beer’s law determination of unknown concentrations, and kinetics experiments, all integral to the teaching and learning of content in physics, chemistry, and biology.
The Bett Awards are considered to be the most prestigious awards in the international education sector, recognizing distinctive and diverse digital education resources that meet the needs of education systems. Judges, who are leading education-sector stakeholders, evaluate entries on criteria such as sound design principles, ease of use, how much it enables effective learning and teaching, accessibility, and level of innovation. The winners will be announced during the Bett Show, which is being held in London from Jan. 21 to 24, 2015. For more information visit: www.bettshow.com
PASCO has been designing, developing, and supporting innovative teaching and learning solutions for K–12 and higher education since 1964. PASCO’s team of educators, scientists, educational researchers, engineers, and many others is committed to the advancement of STEM education around the world. Today teachers and students in more than 100 countries use PASCO solutions.
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