K-8 Blog

What’s YOUR weather like today …

April 13, 2018

Students are familiar with the concept of weather – they likely use an app to see what it’s going to be like every morning to decide what to wear. But do they know the difference between weather and climate? How can we help them ... Read More

Measuring Headwinds and GPS Speed with PASCO’s New Wireless Weather Sensor

March 19, 2018

PASCO’s newWireless Weather Sensor with GPSprovides for some obvious investigations such as monitoring changes in weather. However, as this sensor measures 17 different ... Read More

Help Students ♥ Chemical Changes

February 12, 2018

With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, the chemical changes observed most often are due to a little love in the air. Struggling to get your students to focus on real chemical reactions? “Wack-A-Pack” self-inflating balloons can ... Read More

Physical And Chemical Changes

December 5, 2017

You want an argument, bring some evidence!

What do students look for when they are trying to distinguish a physical change from a chemical change?Sure, things like a change in temperature, color, or the formation of bubbles are typical ... Read More

Modeling Conservation and Change

October 4, 2017

Baking soda and vinegar create a classic chemical reaction. Bubbling volcanoes and gushing fountains made with simple household items— crowd favorites. Everyone loves ... Read More

Back to school? Recharge and Update your wireless sensors!

July 17, 2017

Don't miss out on free software and firmware updates.

PASCO Wireless Sensors often gain additional value over time with new functionality and increased performance. These benefits are ... Read More

Angling for More Solar Power

March 21, 2017

Have your students ever wondered why solar panels on a row of houses all face the same direction? If you approach the topic from the right angle with the right stuff you can easily create a hands-on investigation. That’s right, no waiting, ... Read More

The Reason for Seasons

December 13, 2016

Trees are shedding their leaves and the days are getting shorter (in the northern hemisphere), so it’s the perfect time for students explore the reason for the seasons. Students often have the misconception that the distance from the sun is ... Read More

A Watershed Moment

October 3, 2016

Watersheds are an important natural feature. Whether they realize it or not, most people live near a watershed. In this activity, students can build a model watershed and observe the impact of upstream ... Read More

Popsicle Phase Change

July 27, 2016

Phase changes are an important part of chemistry and physical science curriculum — and Freeze Pops are an important part of everyone’s summer. What better way to take the edge off the summer heat than combining the two to make a ... Read More

An Amped up Electricity Lab

May 30, 2016

Looking for a fun way to to spark your students interest in electrochemistry while they continue to build their engineering skills? Let them engineer a battery to light up an LED! With some simple materials, they can wind their way through a ... Read More

Temperature misconceptions? Shake it off.

April 14, 2016

Most students understand that things get warmer as temperature goes up, but it is in the science lab that we have an opportunity to really help them understand what temperature means. One of the core ideas in Physical Science is that temperature is ... Read More

pH Imbalance - Getting to the Root of the Problem

March 8, 2016

Science is more meaningful and engaging when students have the opportunity to explore the world around them. And it is more meaningful still when students are empowered with the tools to collect and analyze data just like real scientists do, ... Read More

Working for a Winter Wonderland

January 18, 2016

Instant snow is a fun substance for kids of all ages and a great tool for engaging young scientists in physical science concepts related to matter and its interactions. And the new Wireless Temperature Sensor helps to make it a quantitative one as ... Read More

May the Force Sensor Be With You

December 16, 2015

The Force Sensor Awakens! With the release of the newest Star Wars film you can channel your own Jedi powers and awaken your students’ interest by studying the Force— or at least forces. As Obi Wan says, forces are all around us, and ... Read More

Coins, Squishy Circuits and SPARKs!

December 1, 2015

Bring STEM into your classroom with this activity and watch your students light up with ... Read More

Mechanical Bull Riding

November 18, 2015

We had a great time at CAST in Fort Worth, Texas last week. We had some fantastic BBQ and Tex Mex, but to really experience the cowboy scientist’s lifestyle we decided to investigate Forces and ... Read More

Tricks with Treats— Halloween Science

October 19, 2015

Students always get excited as Halloween approaches. The thrill of collecting treats is real, but as teachers, how can we take a pile of sugar and turn it into a lesson? A really great science teacher trick is to use some of the kids’ treats ... Read More

Planting the Seeds of Science with School Gardens

September 15, 2015

School gardens are sprouting up all over the place. Planting and cultivating a school garden is much more than an engaging outdoor activity. It can also provide meaningful context to students’ academic endeavors and be correlated to standards ... 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

Engineering Bumpers and NGSS

May 1, 2015

Looking for an activity to incorporate NGSS standards and engineering ... Read More

Starlight and Distance

March 25, 2015

The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are shifting science education in an exciting direction. Students are presented with intriguing performance expectations that foster the development of science and engineering practices. These performance ... Read More

Jack-O'-Lantern Inquiry

October 20, 2014

Fall is a great time of year to study the nutrient cycle. And with many of your students carving pumpkins, there will be no shortage of materials to observe. All you will need to start are a few pumpkins, cameras, CO2 and temperature ... Read More

Introduce Graphing with MatchGraph

September 2, 2014

Make studying motion fun with MatchGraph! This program turns interpreting position and velocity vs. time graphs into a game, where students compete to see who can best match their own motion to the trends shown by the app. In addition to the ... Read More

Leaf Lessons

March 19, 2014

A Key Concepts in Life Science SPARKlab from Sally Ride Science® and ... Read More

Studying Sound

January 21, 2014

Sound is an interesting science concept that lends itself well to student inquiry. Using PASCO's Sound Level Sensor, or the built-in microphone located on tablets, and materials that are already in your ... Read More

Introducing Cell Processes

October 15, 2013

Common student misconceptions about photosynthesis and respiration often arise from the inability to perceive these processes directly. Sensors can help students grow in their understanding of these two concepts and in their ability to design ... Read More

Introducing Force and Newton's Laws

September 19, 2013

With some assistance from some technology teaching tools, you can easily introduce your students to the concepts of force and Newton’s laws. Using just textbooks and a Force ... Read More

Tracking Weather

August 27, 2013

Help your students understand weather, fronts, and air masses with a Weather/Anemometer Sensor. This MultiMeasure™ sensor collects nearly all relevant data ... 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