Probing Science

Funded! This project reached its funding goal on Nov. 1, 2013, 4:13 p.m.

Still needed of $1,240.36 goal
  • My Class Needs Data logging equipment to bring our science labs into the 21st century.

    Launched October 30th, 2013 Project Deadline December 1st, 2013
    Classroom Size 30 Students School Size 1500 Students

    My Students

    I teach two classes of Science 10 and two classes of IB Biology 11 (110 students in total). My science 10 students study ecology, physics, geology and chemistry. In IB biology, students focus on biochemistry, cells, genetics, ecology and evolution. My students have very limited exposure to using technology to collect data in their hands on activities and labs. My project aims to increase student engagement by using probeware technology to increase their understanding of science concepts.

    How will this project impact them?

    The requested resources will allow students to collect and analyze data using Bluetooth technology on their smartphones and on our classroom computer. Probeware will bring our exploration of ecology and biochemistry literally to life as it will enable us to model ecosystems inside the classroom and analyze real examples of photosynthesis and cellular respiration. Since the sensors are wireless, we can also collect data during our field studies to local ecosystems such as Sunnyside Acres Urban Forest and White Rock beach. The motion sensor will allow students to graph position, velocity and acceleration and bring our Science 10 physics unit into the 21st century. The addition of this exciting technology will enrich learning opportunities for students and transform their handheld devices into data-collecting tools that can be used in the classroom and in the field. How cool is that?

    Project Report

    from Ms. Harrison

    The motion detector and probeware have allowed us to bring our physics labs into the 21st century. In addition to the traditional ticker-tape timer activity, students are able to use the motion detector to determine the speed of the monster truck and compare their results to the data displayed by the computer.

    Students can also visually represent their own movement using the motion detector and watch their motion graphed in real time. This visual demonstration of the concepts learned in class helped students understand the material in a more meaningful way and especially appealed to the kinaesthetic learners.

    Student feedback to the new technology has been extremely positive. Students were very curious about the equipment and were excited to try it out during class and after school.

    We will continue to explore science using the probeware technology in our upcoming biology and chemistry units and are grateful to the Chevron Fuel Your Schools program for this opportunity.

  • Where the $1240.36 goes


    SPARKlink Air

    Pasco Canada

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    $350.00 x 1 = $350.00

    Motion Sensor

    Pasco Canada

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    $115.00 x 1 = $115.00

    Oxygen Sensor

    Pasco Canada

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    $289.00 x 1 = $289.00

    PASPORT AirLink 2

    Pasco Canada

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    $240.00 x 1 = $240.00
    Vendor Shipping $40.00
    HST $134.42
    Fulfillment Materials and Labour * $30.00
    3rd Party Payment Processing Fee (3.5%) ** $41.94
    Total Project Cost $1,240.36

    * Fulfillment Materials: This covers the physical costs of processing teacher and student thank-you letters and pictures, including printing, postage, labels, envelopes, cover sheets, etc.

    ** Payment Processing Fee: An average of fees charged to MyClassNeeds for processing donations (e.g. credit card payments through a secure server). We have worked hard to select the most secure option for the cost.

    *** Optional Donation: An optional donation to support MyClassNeeds which is calculated at 15% of the project’s price tag. The optional contribution supports the work we do to engage teachers, build awareness, and to generally run MyClassNeeds. To do that we need a world- class website supported by strong business systems and processes that improve over time.

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by Ms. Harrison

I currently teach Science 10 and Biology 11 at Semiahmoo Secondary in Surrey, B.C. I recently attended the National Science Teachers Association conference in Portland, Oregon which inspired me to look for ways to increase student access to technology in my classroom.

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