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The SPARK Element comes preloaded with PASCO's powerful software and applications, a calculator, built in lab activities and more.

About

The SPARK Element™ is a dedicated science learning device designed for hands-on, inquiry-based science. It is rugged, water-resistant, lightweight, and portable, making it ideal for investigations in and out of the classroom.

The Element is available by itself or bundled with your choice of interface.

Products

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PS-3100
SPARK Element

SPARK Element

PS-3100   - 

A dedicated science learning device designed for hands-on, inquiry-based science. It is rugged, water-resistant, lightweight, and portable making it ideal for investigations in and out of the classroom.

Also Available:

2784440
PS-3102A
SPARK Element with AirLink

SPARK Element with AirLink

PS-3102A   - 

Connect the AirLink to your SPARK Element via USB or Bluetooth and use its one sensor port to connect PASPORT sensors.
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PS-3103
SPARK Element with SPARKlink Air

SPARK Element with SPARKlink Air

PS-3103   - 

Connect the SPARKlink Air, with its two sensor ports, to your SPARK Element via USB or Bluetooth to begin data collections with our PASPORT sensor line.
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PS-3104
SPARK Element with 550 Universal Interface

SPARK Element with 550 Universal Interface

PS-3104   - 

Take physics experiments to the next level with this powerful combination of SPARK Element and 550 Universal Interface which connects via USB or Bluetooth.

Overview

Why are we adding a new Element to the table?

There are a myriad of options for technology in science classrooms and labs including desktops, laptops, netbooks, iPads®, Android® tablets, Chromebooks™ and even smart phones.  And so we at PASCO have worked hard to ensure that our applications run directly on all of those platforms so that you can use your existing technology with our sensors and interfaces for data collection and analysis.

But customers have asked for a dedicated device for science and we've listened.  And that's where the SPARK Element comes in.  It is a robust, highly portable, powerful device designed for use in and out of science classrooms with all the features teachers and students need.

The SPARK Element is a low cost, full featured solution for science investigations.

Simple connectivity

The Element can use any of the more than 70 PASPORT sensors and can connect via USB or Bluetooth™ to the following interfaces: AirLink, SPARKlink Air and 550 Universal Interface.

Included software

The SPARK Element is an ideal platform for SPARKvue our award-winning science learning application for data collection, sharing, visualization, and analysis.  Also included is the Spectrometry application.

Digital Content Included

The Element includes several highly interactive and inquiry based SPARKlab activities.  These media rich, guided inquiry labs are a PASCO exclusive.

Updating your SPARK Element

Individual apps (such as SPARKvue or Spectrometry) can be updated by clicking on the PASCO App Store icon. But this short video shows you how to update the system software (the firmware) of the SPARK Element itself.

For the full list of "How Do I" videos on the SPARK Element see the video gallery below.

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Special Features

  • Large, high quality touchscreen
  • Extremely light weight and portable
  • High speed processor
  • WiFi and USB Connectivity
  • High definition camera
  • SPARKvue software and Spectrometry app installed
  • Included lab activities for physics, biology, chemistry, earth & environmental science, physical science, middle school science, elementary school science and STEM applications.

Uses

The SPARK Element is an ideal solution:

  • If your science labs lack existing technology platforms (computers, tablets, Chromebooks™ etc)
  • If you'd like a highly portable data logger for field work or individual study
  • If you need to fill in gaps in a BYOD situation 
  • When you want a plug and play solution with minimized IT issues
  • To avoid students using their technology for something other than science.
  • Or if you'd simply like an affordable and dedicated solution for science.

Specifications

OS & Software
  • Android 5.0 + PASCO Applications
CPU
  • Intel® Atom (1.2 GHz)
Display
  • 6.95” LCD 1024 x 600 Multi Touch
Cameras
  • 0.3 MP Front & 2.0 MP Rear
Memory
  • 1 GB
Storage
  • 8 GB
Connectivity
  • 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi + Bluetooth 4.0
I/O
  • 1x Micro USB 2.0 OTG Port Type B
  • 1x Micro SD Card Slot (up to 32 GB)
  • 1x Combo Audio Jack
Battery
  • Li-Polymer 3 Cell 3000 mAh
Sensors
  • Accelerometer, Sound
Weight
  • 12.5 oz (354 grams)
Dimensions
  • 7.8”(198 mm) W x 4.6”(116 mm) D x .43”(11 mm) H
Accessories
  • Smart Cover (included)
  • USB Power Adapter

Review

On July 22, 2015 Scholastic.com Tech Tools published review of the SPARK Element as a central tool for STEM applications. Read the review here.