PHILADELPHIA—March 18, 2010—Leading science content provider Sally Ride Science™ and PASCO® scientific, a leading provider of innovative technology solutions for hands-on science, today announced the first in a series of materials published by Sally Ride Science for SPARKscience™, PASCO’s authentic, research-based learning platform that integrates sensor-based data collection, interactive visualization and data analysis, instructional content and assessment.
Our Changing Climate is the first standards-based SPARKlab activity set developed around content from the Sally Ride Science Climate Change series, which blends the latest science and environmental concerns with current ideas and solutions for facing our climate challenge and creating a healthier planet. Sally Ride Science plans to release additional SPARKlab sets in Life Science, Earth Science and Physical Science.
SPARKlabs are designed for use with SPARKvue™ software, which promotes real-time scientific investigations, student reflection and discussion with built-in annotation tools. As with all SPARKlabs, “Our Changing Climate” contains background information, materials and setup instructions, and data collection all in one place as well as prompts for students to answer questions, make predictions and analyze their results throughout. SPARKvue can be used with a myriad of technologies, including the all-in-one, mobile SPARK Science Learning System™, Windows and Mac-based computers, interactive whiteboards, netbooks and handheld devices such as Apples iPod® touch and iPad™.
“Authentic scientific discovery takes place in the digital world,” said Wayne Grant, Ph.D., chief education officer at PASCO. “SPARKscience provides the framework for delivering the best content to students while allowing them to conduct investigations using the same digital tools used by real scientists. The SPARKscience platform gives students access to some of the best standards-based science content available, and makes it available in a way that connects the real world to the classroom with hands on activities.”
Our Changing Climate solution includes:
- Climate Change Classroom Set, featuring the books: The Atmosphere, The Oceans, The Poles, and Ecosystems from Sally Ride Science.
- Our Changing Climate SPARKlabs from Sally Ride Science and PASCO.
- Our Changing Climate Sensor Bundle (weather, chemistry, pH, pressure, temperature and voltage sensors) from PASCO.
The SPARK Science Learning System and SPARKvue can be purchased separately.
For more information visit www.pasco.com, or call (800)-800-772-8700.
About Sally Ride Science
Sally Ride Science is an innovative science content company dedicated to fueling girls' and boys' interests in science, math and technology. Dr. Sally Ride, best known as America’s first woman in space, founded the company in 2001 to create quality programs and products that educate, entertain, engage and inspire. Our publications and programs bring science to life and show kids that science is creative, collaborative, fascinating and fun. For more information, go to www.SallyRideScience.com or call 1-800-561-5161.