Scientific exploration geared toward middle schoolers

July 9, 2019 | Arduino

Developed in partnership with Google, the Arduino Science Kit Physics Lab is an Arduino-based physics lab, fully compatible with Google Science Journal available on Android and Chrome OS devices compatible with Android apps.

Arduino is on a mission to make technology accessible to everyone, and into the hands of every student and educator. To make this possible, we have created Arduino Education: a dedicated global team formed by education experts, content developers, engineers, and interaction designers.

The Arduino Science Kit Physics Lab is an important step in this path.

EXPERIMENT WITH FORCES, MOTION, MAGNETISM, AND CONDUCTIVITY

The kit provides middle schoolers with a hands-on experience, enabling them to explore forces, motion, magnetism and conductivity with their classmates. Students will make their own hypothesis like real scientists, then check their assumptions, and log data thanks to Google’s Science Journal – a digital notebook for conducting and documenting science experiments in real-time using the smart capabilities of mobile devices.

NO CODING EXPERIENCE REQUIRED

Recommended for 2 students to work together, the Arduino Science Kit includes materials to run 9 physics experiments based on electromagnetism, thermodynamics, kinetics and kinematics. The students develop transferable skills such as critical thinking and problem solving through an inquiry-based learning approach. No prior electronics knowledge is required: students will simply need to connect their smartphone or tablet to the board, and use the onboard sensor and plug-and-play modules. Data is transferred from the experiment to the mobile device via Bluetooth, where the students can analyse and record their results in the Google Science Journal App or worksheets.

The Arduino Science Kit Physics Lab is also compatible with Google Classroom, enabling people to share their online activities directly into Google Classroom’s space.

KIT CONTENTS

Everything comes in a handy storage box for future use, with all the necessary parts to assemble and conduct experiments. The kit features a range of sensors to measure light, temperature, motion, magnetic fields, and full access to online course content for teachers and students alike. Just need a few essential classroom supplies (pencils, rulers, etc.) and a LiPo battery or a Power bank. With a Chromebook, there is a free month on Create for Chrome OS .

THE 9 EXPERIMENTS

Experiments applying the laws of physics to classic fairground rides.

Electromagnetism and Thermodynamics

  • ELECTRIC FORTUNE TELLER – Investigate conductivity of different materials.
  • BUZZ WIRE – Steadiest hand wins! Build a conductive ‘maze’ and then try to avoid the buzzer as you guide the loop around your course.
  • HAUNTED HOUSE THEREMIN – Did you hear that? Make paranormal noise with a magnet.
  • THERMO MAGIC SHOW – It’s not magic, it’s science! Learn about how different materials conduct or insulate heat.

Kinetics and Kinematics

  • DROP ZONE – Can you slide faster than your friends? Explore gravity and measure the acceleration of your Arduino board.
  • GRAVITRON – Scream if you want to go faster! Learn about rotations per minute, circular motion, the force required to spin this ride, and the relationship to centrifugal forces.
  • PIRATE SHIP – Captain the ship and test the oscillation of a pendulum.
  • EJECTION SEAT – Make your board bounce to learn about harmonic motion.
  • CENTRIFUGE – Don’t get dizzy! Learn more about potential energy and motion.

More info about components, curricula alignment and Next Generation Science Standards are available here.

ABOUT ARDUINO

Arduino is an open-source hardware, software, and content platform with a worldwide community of around 30 million active users. It has powered thousands of projects, from everyday objects to satellites and complex scientific instruments. This success has been made possible by combining a wide variety of electronic boards, easy-to-use tools, a collaborative community, and practical project examples to suit all levels.

Arduino is on a mission to make technology accessible to everyone, and into the hands of every student and educator. To make this possible, we have created Arduino Education: a dedicated global team formed by education experts, content developers, engineers, and interaction designers.

Arduino Education is focused on developing the next generation of STEAM systems and supporting the needs of educators and students throughout the educational journey. Arduino Education offers solutions for the classroom, kits, bundles and boards with learning paths for individual and collaborative educational approaches. Learners explore Arduino in a hands-on, constructive way as they work through the kits and explore the creative capabilities of each board.

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