Category Archives: NSTA Recommends: Technology

Reviews of new and current technology for use in and out of the classroom. Click on a headline to read the entire post.

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STEM Sims: Dronopter






Stem Sims: Dronopter Introduction STEM Sims provides over 100 simulations of laboratory experiments and engineering design products for application in the STEM classroom. One particular simulation found on this site, Dronopter, challenges students to build a drone in the form of a quadcopter (helicopter with four motors). Subsequently, students design, build, and fly their very […]

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STEM Sims: Data Visualization






STEM Sims: Data Visualization Introduction STEM Sims provides over 100 simulations of laboratory experiments and engineering design products for integration into STEM classroom instruction. One particular simulation found on this site, Data Visualization, stimulates the imagination of students by having them analyze a graphic representation of Napoleon’s 19th Century invasion of Russia. Using data provided in […]

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STEM Sims: Fleet Manager






STEM Sims: Fleet Manager Introduction STEM Sims provides over 100 simulations of laboratory experiments and engineering design products for application in the STEM classroom. One particular simulation found on this site, Fleet Manager, challenges students to manage their very own fleet of vehicles by comparing the fuel efficiency of vehicles and determining which vehicles should […]

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It’s more than just power, it’s teaching potential: Vernier Go Direct Sensors and Micro USB Charging






Power powers. It’s that simple. With all our digital tools, there is at least one common thread across it all and that is we need a flow of electrons to keep the teaching and learning in high gear. But of course batteries die. There are four common battery solutions in our digital devices. One is […]

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STEM Sims: The Multicolored Dice






STEM Sims: The Multicolored Dice   Introduction As mentioned in our prior overview of STEM Sims [http://nstacommunities.org/blog/2017/02/06/stem-sims-interactive-simulations-for-the-stem-classroom/], this interactive software package provides over 100 simulations of laboratory experiments and engineering design products for the STEM classroom. The simulation featured here is called “The Multicolored Dice,”  which we found to be an excellent simulation for mathematics applications related […]

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Videographing with The PocketLab: Experimental Imagination Unplugged






Imagine a little white box of about 30 cubic centimeters or a third of the size of a deck of cards. And only 23 grams. Now imagine that that little box can effortlessly and wirelessly measure and share data about motion, acceleration, angular velocity, magnetic fields, pressure, altitude, and temperature all streaming on demand to […]

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Stem Sims: Trench Attack






Introduction As mentioned in our prior overview of STEM Sims [http://nstacommunities.org/blog/2017/02/06/stem-sims-interactive-simulations-for-the-stem-classroom/], this interactive software package provides over 100 simulations of laboratory experiments and engineering design products for the STEM classroom. The simulation titled “Trench Attack” immerses students in World War I trench warfare. This simulation has the student assume the role of a military commander using chemical agents […]

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The Surefire FirePak: A Smartphone Science Studio Lighting Solution






As smartphone cameras take on an ever-more sophisticated role in the science classroom, the technical limits of phone photography become more apparent. Luckily, a dose of strong light can overcome many problems as well as provide access to a world unseen by the human eye. But not just any light will work. The amount, color, and frequency […]

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The goTenna Off-Grid Communication Device: Take A “Cell Network” on your next Field Trip






Imagine co-leading a science field trip indoors in a large museum with questionable cell coverage, or outside and too far from the nearest cell tower. The goTenna system allows you to directly contact another goTenna equipped teacher using their smartphone independent of a cellular connection. The goTennas are their own communication network that runs between […]

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The Celestron Micro-Fi Wireless Digital Microscope: A Handful of Wow!






The term “wireless” does not so much describe what is, but instead what isn’t. And what isn’t is wires. What’s strange about many wireless technologies is there was never a wired version to begin with so describing the device by an absent feature that never was present in the first place can be confusing to […]

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