Biology Blog

Enzyme Activity in AP Biology

December 19, 2016

Catalyze student learning in AP*® Biology through an investigation of enzyme activity. By using a PASCO Wireless Spectrometer ... Read More

Introduction to GPS-eometry

April 21, 2016

With the advent of GPS, folded maps have become obsolete. With that advancement, unfortunately, students are less likely to understand the significance of latitude and longitude. But with geo-tagging becoming increasingly popular, helping students ... Read More

Transpiration with a Potometer

April 15, 2016

Transpiration is an important concept in both biology and environmental science, especially in terms of role it plays in the water cycle. As water evaporates from the stoma of leaves water is pulled up (due to hydrogen bonding) through the xylem ... Read More

Star Wars Biomes

December 16, 2015

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, Luke, Han and Yoda explored planets with alien societies and life forms. We’re restricted to exploring Earth (for now), but we are lucky to inhabit a planet that is full of diversity. And ... Read More

From Russia with Science!

September 23, 2015

Every winter many parts of the world are covered with snow, and when that snow melts off, you see bits of green start to appear. But how does non-point source pollution impact the growth of some of that greenery? Mr. Aleksey Vasilevich, a teacher at ... Read More

Measuring Our Way Through the Streets of Philadelphia

July 6, 2015

What better way to spend the days leading up to the U.S. Independence Day than to do some data-logging throughout the city where our government was born? As host of the 2015 International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference, ... Read More

Earth Day and Water Conservation

April 22, 2015

California is in the grips of a major drought, as 2015 is on track to be driest year since record-keeping began in 1895! The drought has brought water conservation and water quality issues to the forefront of many Californians' daily lives, as ... Read More

Modeling Biological Oxygen Demand

March 25, 2015

Biological oxygen demand (BOD) relates to the change in oxygen that occurs in bodies of water as a result of microorganisms taking in and using dissolved oxygen as they decompose organic matter. These decomposers utilize oxygen in the same way that ... Read More

Exploring Physiology with SPARKvue® on the iPhone®

February 13, 2015

PASCO’s intuitive SPARKvue software is now available for phones, making it even more convenient for your students to explore the world around ... Read More

Leaf Absorption Spectra

October 20, 2014

Fall is the perfect time of year for you and your students to investigate plant pigments. If the curriculum sequence doesn’t fit, you can always squirrel away some data for later! PASCO’s new Wireless Spectrometer makes it quick and ... Read More

Biology Inquiry: Enzyme Activity

September 15, 2014

Enzymes are critical to many biological reactions. Understanding how enzymes work can help students better understand biology concepts from cellular processes to evolution. This activity allows students to quickly investigate a ubiquitous enzyme, ... Read More

Smoothing EKG Data

January 17, 2014

The PASPORT EKG Sensor can be a greate resource to get your students interested in the heart cycle. After collecting data they can use the annotation and analysis tools to label the ... Read More

Photosynthesis Inquiry

November 13, 2013

To help develop your students experimental design and scientific process skills the labs in the Advanced Biology Through Inquiry manual ... Read More

Mitochondrial Genetics Kit - Teacher Review

November 13, 2013

My AP® Biology and Pre-AP® Biology classes used the PASCO Mitochondrial Genetics Kits to perform gel electrophoresis. And I am always skeptical when using a kit for the first time, fearing a shortage of materials, hard-to-understand ... Read More

Evaporative Cooling

August 28, 2013

This activity can help refresh your students on the scientific method and provide some biological context to the "chemistry of life" content that often kicks off the school year. Perspiration is critical to human evolutionary history and the ... Read More

Back-to-School Probe Prep

August 19, 2013

Most PASCO sensors and interfaces don't require any maintenance, but for continued accurate measurements, we recommend a little tune-up for some sensors at the beginning of the school year. Here are 10 tips to make sure your equipment is in optimal ... Read More