Public Schools Power Scientific Inquiry in Grades K–12 by Implementing Wireless Sensors

ROSEVILLE, CA ---Fayette County Public Schools’ science program teaches students to value and use science as a process for obtaining knowledge, based upon observable evidence. It embraces the Next Generation Science Standards, Project 2061’s Benchmarks for Science Literacy, and the Georgia Performance Standards (GPS). To infuse technology into the curriculum and provide rich, inquiry-based learning experiences for students in grades K–12, Fayette County Public Schools has purchased cutting-edge wireless sensors from PASCO® Scientific for all 26 schools.

The wireless line — which includes pH, temperature, pressure, force/acceleration, conductivity, light, voltage, and current sensors — is compatible with multiple platforms, including Windows®, Mac®, iPad® and iPhone®, Android™ tablets and phones, and Chromebooks™. Because the sensors simplify lab setup and remove the clutter of cables, students can spend more time exploring, and perform experiments that were difficult or impossible before.

Fayette County students will begin using the wireless sensors, along with the SPARKvue® data collection and analysis software, this fall. In addition, the district will implement the PASCO Capstone™ software for data acquisition, display, and analysis in Advanced Placement courses.

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