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Spark Element: a tablet specially designed for science education

Last March, the company PASCO, well known in the education community, announced the launch of a new tablet specifically aimed at scientists and science education.

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Last March, the company PASCO, well known in the education community, announced the launch of a new tablet specifically aimed at scientists and science education.

(picture : PASCO website)

NOT CO has been active in education for nearly 59 years and is recognized for its software and scientific instruments. In recent years, she has worked to develop a tablet that has many potential educational uses for teachers and learners alike.

Entitled Spark Element, the tablet is interesting for science education, because the possibilities it offers for the collection, analysis and dissemination of data are multiple. The Spark Element has a built-in accelerometer as well as a sound sensor (sound sensor). It is compatible with 70 devices equipped with sensors highly specialized, such as magnetic field, temperature, blood pressure or pH sensors, which can be used to carry out educational activities in the field of biology, chemistry, physics, environmental sciences and engineering . These devices can be connected to the Spark Element in a number of ways, including a USB socket.

The tablet comes with the software Sparkvue, a scientific application that collects data, analyzes it and presents the results in the form of graphs. Scientific activities aimed at presenting the main functions of the tablet, at familiarizing students with the different stages of a scientific process and with the process of sharing results are also preinstalled.

This new tablet specifically designed for science education is based on Android, is equipped with a high definition camera and is water resistant. The device has a USB socket and allows WiFi and Bluetooth connection.

According to its promoters, the many features and potential of the Spark Element would make it a relevant tablet for primary, secondary, college and university environments. Its launch is scheduled for June.

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About the Author

Dominic Leblanc
Dominic leblanc
A graduate in sociology, Dominic Leblanc is an educational advisor in the Programs and Educational Development Department of the Cégep régional de Lanaudière in L'Assomption.

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