SPARK Science Learning System Downloads

Below you'll find the last release update for the SPARK Science Learning System as well as links to the downloads of SPARKlabs for the SPARK and the SPARK Emulator.

Note: Version 1.4.1 will be the final released update for the SPARK Science Learning System. The SPARK is currently available in limited quantities.

A note for existing SPARK Science Learning System Users:

Seven years ago the SPARK Science Learning System was designed from the ground up to be a standalone datalogger for science applications in and out of the classroom.  And while it still fills that role quite well, if you'd like a faster and more powerful processor, the advantages of SPARKvue software version 2.0 and beyond, USB, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth® connectivity, a built in camera, real time data sharing and more you might want to consider upgrading to the new SPARK Element.

Final Update for the SPARK Science Learning System:

  • Released on 9/23/2014
  • Update for SPARK Science Learning Systems.
  • Includes over 60 FREE SPARKlabs
  • SPARKlabs available with Spanish content

There are three options to update the SPARK Science Learning System.

  1. SPARK Science Learning System with labs in English (updates to version 1.4.1 and OVERWRITES all files in Experiments and Saved Work directories)
  2. SPARK Science Learning System with labs in Spanish (updates to version 1.4.1 and OVERWRITES all files in Experiments and Saved Work directories)
  3. SPARK Science Learning System without labs (updates to version 1.4.1 and does not install any SPARKlab updates)

Users can manually install individual SPARKlabs as needed.

Note: When updating from 1.2 and earlier, please contact Teacher Support before updating the firmware to 1.4.1. Save important files to a flash drive because the storage space is reformatted and existing files will be permanently deleted from the device.

 

Description of Changes:

The 1.4.1 update adds the following support:

  • Polish Language
  • Optical Dissolved Oxygen Sensor (PS-2196)
  • Advanced Water Quality Sensor (PS-2230) 

The previous 1.4.0 update provided the following enhancements:

  • New Multiple-Y Axis Graph display.
  • New Bar Graph display.
  • Added display of correlation coefficient (r) and RMSE to linear curve fit parameter results.
  • Added the ability to lock axis values in graphs
  • Absorbance, Percent Transmission, and Intensity spectrometer data now accessible in calculator.
  • And various other bug fixes.

Previous updates also added:

  • The ability to use video devices such as microscopes and web cameras to capture still images and perform some measurement and analysis on them.  
  • Support for Ocean Optics Spectrometers (including Amadeus and Red Tide)
  • Improved power manager for increased battery life on sleeping devices
  • Hebrew keyboard (does not include full Hebrew language support)
  • Enables the SPARK Science Learning System to connect to a computer as a USB mass storage device for easier file transfer (requires a USB cable such as the PS-2528) 

 

Updating Your SPARK Science Learning System:  


(PASCO recommends backing up any locally generated files prior to updating the SPARK Science Learning System)

  1. Obtain a USB Flash drive that has at least 256 MB of available

    capacity.

  2. Download the SPARK Science Learning System firmware update to your
    computer hard drive.

  3. Copy the 'spark.upd' file to the top level of the file structure of
    the USB Flash drive.
  4. Connect the SPARK Science Learning System to an external power
    adapter.
  5. Turn off the SPARK Science Learning System by holding down the power button for several seconds.
  6. Connect the USB Flash drive to the SPARK Science Learning System.
  7. Restart the SPARK Science Learning System.
  8. When prompted to "remove flash drive", remove the USB Flash drive.  The SPARK Science Learning System will automatically restart. 

Helpful Info:

  • To determine the version of firmware currently running on the SPARK Science Learning System, tap on the date in the top blue toolbar and select "About SPARK".

SPARK - English Labs

  • Filename: spark.upd
  • Filesize:  200 MB
  • Version: 1.4.1

This download updates the SPARK Science Learning System and it overwrites all existing SPARKlabs and user created files.

Download Update

SPARK - Spanish Labs

  • Filename: spark.upd
  • Filesize:   225 MB
  • Version: 1.4.1

This download updates the SPARK Science Learning System and it overwrites all existing SPARKlabs and user created files.

Download Update

SPARK - No Labs

  • Filename: spark.upd
  • Filesize:   70 MB
  • Version: 1.4.1

This download updates the SPARK Science Learning System without affecting preloaded or user saved SPARKlabs.

Download Update

Download from the SPARKlab Library for the SPARK Science Learning System.

View the full library of SPARKlabs for the SPARK Science Learning System and download all of them or just the specific SPARKlabs you choose

SPARK Emulator

Want to project an emulation of the SPARK Science Learning System screen from your computer? Use the SPARK Emulator.