Author Archives: Edwin P. Christmann

Go Wireless® Heart Rate






  Introduction Vernier’s Go Wireless® Heart Rate monitor is an excellent way for students to engage in real data collection when doing cardiovascular explorations in the science classroom. The heart rate monitor offers students the opportunity to monitor their heart rates in a variety of ways. For example, students can take their pulse before, during, and after exercising. While doing so, the […]

Posted in NSTA Recommends: Technology, The STEM Classroom | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

REcharge Labs: Solar Cork Boat Kit






REcharge Labs: Solar Cork Boat Kit Introduction Teaching about solar energy in a present-day science classroom is an interesting way to have students adhere to the NGSS Standards, i.e., 4-PS3-4. Undoubtedly, new concerns on how we power our homes and businesses have bolstered research for alternatives to replace declining fossil fuels. Moreover, engaging students in activities that […]

Posted in NSTA Recommends: Technology, The STEM Classroom | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

FLIR ONE Thermal Imaging Camera






Introduction The imaginations of middle school and high school students will be fully engaged in the science classroom with the FLIR ONE Thermal Imaging Camera. This camera’s thermal capabilities allow students to explore things invisible to the human eye. For example, students can use the camera to investigate the world of thermodynamics in a manner that […]

Posted in NSTA Recommends: Technology, The STEM Classroom | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Responses

Using the Go!Temp Probe






  The Go!Temp probe, made and sold by “Vernier Software and Technology,” collects real-time temperate data, making it applicable in a number of different fields, e.g., biology, chemistry, physics, earth science , etc. The Go!Temp is easily compatible with a computer flash drive without the need for an interface. Before connecting the Go!Temp to the computer, […]

Posted in NSTA Recommends: Technology, The STEM Classroom | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Vernier Go! Link: Hand Dynamometer






    Vernier’s Go! Link is a single-channel USB interface used to connect many Vernier sensors directly to a Windows or Macintosh computer. This device can be connected into a USB port and can be used to connect of a variety of sensors. For this review, we used a Hand Dynamometer, which is designed to measure grip […]

Posted in NSTA Recommends: Technology | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

3D Brings Science to Life






Middle school children are inquisitive and enjoy classroom opportunities to learn visually. Subsequently, an option worth consideration is an application of technology known as 3D. It’s similar to the 3D technology that is used in movie theaters and is designed to enhance visualization of pairs of images and gives users a greater sense of depth […]

Posted in NSTA Recommends: Technology | Leave a comment

WiFi Microscope






                    The WiFi Microscope facilitates STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) by enabling small or large groups of students to participate microscope investigations by sharing images and videos on their connected smartphones and tablets. The WiFi Microscope can be used with both iOS and Android operating systems. […]

Posted in NSTA Recommends: Technology | Tagged , | Leave a comment

einstein™Tablet






Designed to provide an interactive laboratory experience to science students across a wide range of ability levels, the einstein Tablet+ is a mobile device produced by Fourier Education designed to provide an interactive laboratory experience to science students across a variety of ages and grade levels. Furnished with an android operating system, the einstein Tablet+ […]

Posted in NSTA Recommends: Technology, The STEM Classroom | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

RSpec-Explorer






The RSpec-Explorer is a small, portable spectroscopy camera that connects to a computer. It can be used for measuring spectra from light sources (including flames, screens, etc.) and for evaluating the emission signature from gas tubes. The software package can be downloaded from www.fieldtestedsystems.com/getrex, which offers a free 30-day trial before a license purchase is required. […]

Posted in NSTA Recommends: Technology | Tagged , , | 4 Responses

Moticam X






 Moticam X We live in an age where iPads and cell phones are part of the everyday fabric of high school life. With this being the case, Swift Optical’s Moticam X has a great deal of promise as a scientific instrument that can connect a classroom microscope to a variety of portable technologies. As an added […]

Posted in NSTA Recommends: Technology | Tagged , , | Leave a comment