Smart Fan Accessory - ME-1242


Shown in use with a Smart Cart. PASCO software allows for a range of programmability for the Smart Fan Accessory when used with a Smart Cart.


The Smart Fan Accessory can be connected and used with any PASCO cart to demonstrate basic principles of motion. It can be used as a simple fan in manual push button mode, adjusting between low, medium, and high speeds.

However, the Smart Fan Accessory was specifically designed for use with the revolutionary Smart Cart. When connected to a Smart Cart a much greater degree of control, programmability, and functionality is available.

When using SPARKvue software or app with the Smart Fan Accessory connected to a Smart Cart, a slider control allows for a variable amount of positive or negative thrust.

When using PASCO Capstone with the Smart Fan Accessory connected to a Smart Cart the software allows adjustments the level of thrust, the ability to set start/stop conditions, and even the use of calculations for precise control of the fan.

Controlling the Smart Fan Accessory using PASCO Capstone.

The Smart Fan Accessory (ME-1242) is an accessory for the:

Typical Applications

  • Investigate Newton's 2nd Law. The fan provides the force and the mass of the system is all in one place, making it easier for students to understand.
  • Measure the acceleration of the cart due to a constant force from the Smart Fan Accessory. Repeat while varying the force from the fan or the mass of the cart.
  • Determine the force of the Smart Fan Accessory by connecting the cart to a hanging mass. Adjust the hanging mass until the cart doesn't move. Vary the fan speed and repeat.
  • Counteract the fan's force with the force of gravity using an inclined track. Increase the incline angle until the cart cannot climb it.
  • Create your own activities using PASCO Capstone to create start/stop conditions and calculations to control the activity of the Smart Fan Accessory.

Attach it to any PASCO cart

  • Easily attaches to the rails of the mass tray on PASCO carts
  • Simple one button operation
  • Three available speeds
  • Provide a consistent force

Plug it into a Smart Cart!

  • Simple cable connection
  • Turns on and off wirelessly
  • Control start and stop conditions
  • Sense and control: Program thrust to respond to calculations from sensor measurements


  • Smart Fan
  • Cable for connecting to Smart Cart (19 cm)
  • AA batteries (4)
  • Specifications

    Mass of the Smart Fan (including 4 AA batteries)
    • Approximately 280 g
    • The masses of batteries may vary so it is important to measure the mass of the Smart Fan Accessory yourself.

    Buying Guide

    Smart Cart (Red)
    Smart Cart (Blue)
    PAScar Red
    PAScar Blue
    Plunger Cart
    Collision Cart
    Required - One of the following

    The Smart Fan Accessory can be used with any PASCO cart, though it's advanced features are only available when used in conjunction with a Smart Cart.

    Smart Cart (Red)   ME-1240
    Smart Cart (Blue)   ME-1241
    PAScar Red   ME-6933
    PAScar Blue   ME-6934
    Plunger Cart   ME-9430
    Collision Cart   ME-9454