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What is databot™?

databot™ is a low-cost, friendly and engaging all-in-one sensor device that combines 11 internal sensors, 1 external temperature probe, an internal SD card memory, and Bluetooth low energy wireless to provide a remarkably versatile educational tool for students from grades 4 and up.

  • Size: 42.5mm (1.67″) cube
  • Weight: 64 grams
  • Power: 3.3v Rechargeable LiPo

What Sensors are Included?

  • External Temperature Probe
  • Humidity
  • UVa, UVb and UV Index
  • Ambient Light
  • CO2 & VOC
  • Air Pressure
  • Altimeter
  • Accelerometer
  • Gyroscope
  • Magnetometer
  • Sound

Complete sensor specifications and datasheets can be seen in the Deep Geek section of our online Setup and Use Manual.   Check it out here!

How do I use databot™ for Science?

Out of the box databot™ is super simple to use for science teachers.  Simply install the Phyphox smart device app on your iOS or Android smart device or Chromebook and connect via Bluetooth.  Watch this 60 second video to see it in action. 

Note: You can download and test Phyphox to your Smart device to test it yourself.  Phyphox accesses the internal sensors on your phone so that you can conduct experiments with just your smart device.  

With the range of sensors included with databot™ you can teach a variety of activities from Earth Science, Physics, Chemistry, Life Science, and Environmental Science.  Visit our Lessons and Activities section to see examples.

How do I use databot™ for CTE & STEM?

In addition to being simple to use out of the box for science,  databot™ is completely built on the Arduino open hardware and software platform.  This makes it completely programmable.  In addition, it’s been designed to integrate with major robotics platforms like LEGO, VEX, and fischertechnik.  Expansion ports on the top of databot™ enable electronic connections to just about any system that might benefit from a data feed.  Slave it off a Raspberry Pi, connect it your Sphero RVR, etc. 

In addition to  access to the electronics, databot™ has physical connections for native integration with your favorite robots – take a look at the closeup of the underside of databot™ and you will see pin holes for easily mounting to LEGO and perfectly matched grooves for integration with fischertechnik.  A velcro plate is also included in the kit that slides on to the bottom enabling easy mounting to frisbees, drones, or anything else you can imagine!

Recommended reading for technology and STEM educators are our Design Challenge section, the How To Guide, and our blog posts on Robotics, Arduino, and CTE.

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What Grades and Ages are Appropriate?

databot™ is remarkably versatile and is appropriate for ages ranging from grades 4-12. 

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Is databot™ good for Remote Learning?

Absolutely.  Since it is easy to use it is very friendly for at-home use.  It is also tough as nails, easy to clean, small and easy to ship and manage, and versatile enough to teach multiple science topics as well as STEM.

Read the STARBASE Austin Case Study to read how databot™ was used in a remote learning program that served 50 Girl Scouts in a virtual summer camp.

How Do I Set Up & Use My databot™?

Got a ‘Bot and need to get started?  Basic Training is the place to go!

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How do I stream databot™ sensor data to my PC or Mac computer?

Using the free Arduino software, available at https://arduino.cc you can easily connect to databot™ and take control of the sensors and data.  See the full instructions on using the Arduino IDE with databot™ in our online setup and user manual.

Why is visualizing data in the world important?

Robert Grover, one of the creators of databot™, talks about how visualizing the invisible world of data around can change student perspectives.

How does databot™ promote critical thinking?

Dahlton Grover, one of the developers working on databot™, talks about how seeing and interpreting data helps develop critical thinking skills.

Why is an open source platform important?

Rob Cohen, one of the developers working on databot™, talks about the opportunities associated with the databot™ Arduino platform.

Why is databot™ an exciting technology and learning tool?

Geno Ioli, an industry professional who develops sensor technology for the pharmaceutical industry, talks about why databot™ is exciting and how it can help students become more aware of their environment.

How does databot™ help students better understand math and science?

Robert Grover, one of the creators of databot™, talks about how visualizing data from databot™ can make math more approachable and teaching abstract science concepts easier.

How do students benefit from databot™?

Geno Ioli, an industry professional who develops sensor technology for the pharmaceutical industry, talks about databot™ after seeing students use databot™ in an experiment and explains how the experience was very relevant to his professional experiences.

How is databot™ an effective tool for getting more girls involved in STEM education?

Dahlton Grover, one of the developers working on databot™, shares some observations about how databot™ can be a good tool for engaging more girls in STEM subjects.

databot™ is built on the Arduino platform. Why is that significant?

Rob Cohen, a databot™ developer, talks about the advantages of databot being built on Open Source software and hardware.

Why is learning about data, how it is acquired by sensors and how it is used, important?

Geno Ioli, an industry professional who develops sensor technology for the pharmaceutical industry talks about the use of live data and its application in the real world.

Is databot™ easy for teachers to use?

Robert Grover, one of the creators of databot™, talks about the importance of creating easy-to-use resources to support teachers using databot™.

What makes databot™ different and exciting in STEM education?

Dahlton Grover, one of the developers working on databot™, shares some observations about how databot™ can be a good tool for engaging more girls in STEM subjects.

How does databot™ apply to the things being taught in the classroom?

Robert Grover, one of the creators of databot™, talks about how to use databot™ to make required curriculum more interesting.

How is this hands-on approach to gathering and studying science and data more effective?

Dahlton Grover, one of the developers working on databot™, talks about how making data hands-on makes it more exciting for students.

What is the potential for learning and engagement with databot™?

Rob Cohen, one of the developers working on databot™, talks about the incredible potential of databot™ once students start using it

Is databot™ durable enough for classroom use?

Robert Grover, one of the creators of databot™, talks about making databot™ tough for rigorous classroom use.

Why is the simple, one-piece, durable databot™ concept appealing to STEM educators?

Dahlton Grover, one of the developers working on databot™, talks about how the simple form factor and durability of databot™ makes it a much more successful tool for STEM educators

What are your shipping and warranty policies?

You can find our complete policies on shipping, warranty, privacy, and taxes on our Policies Page.

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