Category: hardware

includes the museum of data logging with two decades of school equipment. Also here are articles about computer hardware. I have shelved my many reviews of data logging equipment because they seem as useful as yesterday’s weather forecast.

museum of data logging

From the 1990’s to the 2000’s here are pictures of a collection of labs, data loggers, sensors and experiments. You’ll see different solutions to labs, different colorimeters and different ways to measure acceleration. Yes,...

measuring visible change in liquids

Measuring the appearance of cloudy sulfur when we mix acid and sodium thiosulfate is a popular science teaching activity. We can change the temperature or concentration of the reagents, and see whether the mixture...

the brilliant all-in-one printer from HP (2001)

Hewlett-Packard hp psc 950 All-in one printer, scanner, copier, fax and photo-card reader. (TES December 2001) £299 Contact: www.hp.com. Reviewed by Roger Frost Need a photo printer, flatbed scanner and fax? We’ve been through...

Apple iMac (2002)

Reviewed by Roger Frost for Times Educational Supplement April 2002Value 4* Quality 5* Fitness 5* Features 5* You will not find a tastier looking computer than Apple’s iMac. It is a sight that I’ll wager will...

data logger: SPARK science learning system (2009)

Note: this 2008 model will have changedThe technology for teaching science provides electronic sensors that can monitor sound, speed, temperature and anything a school curriculum wishes to measure. The sensors usually plug into a...

a very portable microscope: Smartscope iGo (2013)

At BETT 2013, Data Harvest had the SmartScope iGO (£250), a wireless microscope made to connect with tablet devices and phones powered by Apple IOS and Android. The microscope can broadcast to three devices at once, using an...

monitor classroom noise

A most asked question was ‘what can I use this data logger for?’ My most used answer to this was to use it as a noise meter. When I needed the class to work,...

measure the speed of sound

The speed of sound has been measured in so many ways but this version I saw my colleague Ian Galloway* demonstrate perfectly, impressed so I want to pass it on. Split the cable on...

how to store a pH probe

I read somewhere that pH probes do not last forever and that may be so. It was certainly true for the draw full of pH probes, all left to dry, that I found and...

compare insulated drink beakers

An investigation with insulated and un-insulated beakers – reloaded “I bought a metal mug to carry my coffee for my daily trip to the train station. But twenty minutes down the road, I wasn’t...

simple harmonic motion

Simple harmonic motion is rarely as simple as the lesson title implies. This potentiometer-based sensor measures angles as its core rotates. Attaching a ruler as shown (or hack saw blade) gives to a near-perfect...

hack for test tube holders – like no other

From Roger Frost’s austerity lab tips, when you run training days in hotels, one improvises, as this tip shows: This IKEA tea towel clip gained an unusual second life as boiling tube holder – although...

new kinds of computer mice

Mice and machines – interacting with computers (For Production Solutions Magazine November 2000) by Roger Frost Little has changed with the way that we interact with a computer. Its mouse has gained a button,...

data logging software choices

The sensors and equipment you buy for school requires software made for it. There IS a generic program, called Insight (below). which works with lots of different manufacturer’s kit. It has the advantage of...

what we said about data logging products

Articles from 1996 – 2008 Science resources update by Roger Frost in The Guardian (2008) Choosing ICT for science experiments is best done in January as it’s when you hear if technology is turning...

starting out with science and IT (1998)

Feature by Roger Frost for The Guardian, 1998 However it came to be, today’s science teaching has more in common with science in the last century than anything in this. Strong words and all...