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Pilot Programs with databot!

Are You Ready to Try databot?

It’s pilot season!  Join us and other schools around the country this Fall for a test run of databot and all it can offer you and your students at a remarkably low cost.  Check out our special offers for trial programs at the end of this article.  databot is a friendly and engaging data logger that combines 10 internal sensors, 1 external temperature probe, an internal SD card memory, and Bluetooth low energy wireless to provide a simple way to collect and visualize data for programs like Google Science Journal, Microsoft Excel, and other software.  To make it even more versatile, databot™ is built on the Arduino open hardware/software platform and therefore it has many applications for technology, coding, and engineering programs.  

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Awesome databot Experiments!

Fall is the perfect season to try out databot™ in a pilot program in your school or district to explore the possibilities for enhancing your science programs from grades 4-12.  Here are a few highlights of how educators are using or planning to use databot™!

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High School Physics - Atwood's Machine

Procedure

You need to find the unknown mass of the databot™, which acts as mass m1 in the diagram to the right.  When you attach the databot™ and release it from rest, the databot™ will record the acceleration. You will test the databot™ against all 3 masses (50g/75g/100g) provided for m2. You will download the acceleration information into an excel spreadsheet and find the average accelerations for each of the 3 set-ups. You must use the acceleration values to determine the mass of the databot™ and tension in the string for each set-up.

Hint: Will either of those values change depending on the mass m2?

Use Case:  High School Physics 

Software: Excel

Topic(s):  Use Newton’s Laws and kinematics to determine unknown mass and tension in a string.

Middle School Physical Science - Rockets!

Procedure

Students use a lab scale, Estes Air rocket,  databot™, and Google Science Journal to study the formula F=ma. Students determine the mass of the rocket plus databot™ payload prior to launch. During launch they observe and capture the data related to acceleration, then use these observations to ultimately determine the Force of the launch.

Use Case:  Middle School Physical Science
Software: Google Science Journal
Topic(s): Newton’s Second Law; F=MA; 

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Middle School Environmental Science - Climate Change

Objectives - "Invisible Pollution"

This unit of work intends to analyze data on pollution values that are not visible to the naked eye and on the other generate awareness of its effect on the environment and climate change.

01 Study and analyze the main causes of environmental pollution, with their causes and consequences.
02 Visualize data of gases that are not easy to detect and alter our environment.
03 Raise awareness about the consequences of climate change and how to participate as intelligent citizens in reducing pollution.
04 Use social networks and different graphic media to communicate and create awareness of environmental care.

Use Case:  High School Environmental Science
Software: Google Science Journal
Topic(s): Air pollution; invisible gases; consequences of climate change; environmental awareness.

High School Computer Science

Introduction to Physical Computing

Physical computing will be introduced using databot and the Arduino IDE software. Students will learn how to connect to the databot micro-controller, flash various programs to demonstrate types of applications that the databot can be used for, then proceed to building simple programs that enable them to take control of the onboard sensors, lights, and speaker.

01 The Arduino Integrated Development Environment (IDE)
02 Analog vs. Digital signals. Basic electronics, high / low voltage.
03 Sensors part one. Taking control of the onboard sensors that create physical output.
04 Sensors part two. Using additional sensors to capture data to the onboard SD card for analysis.

Use Case:  9th Grade Computer Science
Software: Arduino IDE
Topic(s): Physical Computing; Microcontrollers; Analog vs. Digital; Computational thinking; sensors.

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Elementary Science - Light

Objectives

Students explore light and the units of measurement for light (Lux) using databot, Google Science Journal, colored papers, prisms, and magnifying glasses. Using these various materials students will gain an understanding of light behavior, the visible light spectrum and that light travels in waves.

Use Case:  Elementary Physical Science
Software: Google Science Journal
Topic(s): Properties of light; electromagnetic spectrum; reflection; wave properties; units of measurement, lux; visible light spectrum.

Ready to Pilot?!

Thanks for visiting and we hope you have enjoyed learning about how educators are using databot in a wide variety of environments. Contact Us if you have questions and we can share more details about how to get started with databot.  If you’re ready to try it out and start planning for next year we are offering  some awesome incentives through the end of October.

Here are our Pilot Program Incentives – reach out and join us this Fall!

One-Hour Personalized On-Board Training Session ($300 Value)

Pre-paid Twin Pack purchases get 1 free hour of Live Virtual training!  Get your staff off the blocks like a rocket and learn the basics of using your best new STEM tool – databot!

Order Your Twin Pack Here

Free Two-Hour Professional Development Session ($600 Value)

Pre-paid class Pack purchases receive the free 1 hour On-Board session, plus a second hour of Live Virtual training that goes deeper into how to use databot and all the exciting options for integrating it into your curriculum and programs.

Order Your Class Pack Here

Need more information on how to get started or why databot ROCKS?!

 Contact Us with Questions & Demo Requests!

 

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Robert Grover is a proponent of STEAM education and educational technology that helps engage and develop the students of today into the thoughtful leaders of tomorrow.