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PocketLab believes anyone can be a scientist. PocketLab enables students, educators, and makers to explore the world around them. PocketLab brings science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) to life like never before possible.

 

The PocketLab is a wireless sensor that enables anyone to build a hands-on science experiment, anywhere they choose. Attach PocketLab to a model rocket to measure the launch acceleration and altitude. Take PocketLab skiing and measure altitude and acceleration while coasting down the slope. Optimize movement in a robotics project. Measure the magnetic field from an electric current or put it inside a football and measure the rotation of a spiral throw.

 

Over 3,000 users across 43 countries currently explore with PocketLab. Users are hobbyists and makers who build home projects and teachers and students in middle school, high school, and college-level STEM classrooms. No other product is as easy to use, durable, or inexpensive as PocketLab.



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Myriad Sensors began in 2013 by a group of Stanford University students working on a technology entrepreneurship course. The goal was to develop a working technology product that could fill a societal need. They combined their expertise in sensors, education and software and created a prototype of their first concept, the PocketLab. The team won the Grand Prize in the Yale School of Management Education Leadership Competition and Third Place at the Stanford BASES Competition. PocketLab also won the Cool Idea! Award from ProtoLabs and has been featured on education and technology sites like TechCrunch, Popular Science, Boing Boing, EdSurge, and IEEE Spectrum.

 

Clifton Roozeboom serves as CEO and led the development and testing of PocketLab. The company launched PocketLab on Kickstarter in March of 2015. Raising over over $114,000 in one month. PocketLab’s Kickstarter campaign was a huge success. Orders were fulfilled in August, and PocketLab is now selling and shipping live from its online store at http://thepocketlab.com/.

 

PocketLab’s user base is continuing to grow with over 1,500 users across 43 countries. School districts are making purchases, resellers are bundling it with other education products, and makers are finding unique use cases. Myriad Sensors supports current users with PocketLab curriculum, new app features, and customer service, while developing new products. An Application Program Interface (API) will open up the software for users to create new programs that utilize PocketLab as an input. The second generation hardware will feature more sensors and on-board memory to log data without being connected to a device via Bluetooth. Upcoming cloud software will foster collaboration on experiments between users and allow for more in-depth data analysis.

c is for Camping, and heat capacity

Students use warm soup (must be lower than 70°C since this is the upper limit of the pocketlab temperature sensor). To determine it's specific heat capacity and decide which is best to take on a camp so it is still warm when they go for lunch.  I tend to use this as a follow on project from investigating insulating materials so students can re use previous projects such as 'stubby holder' style devices which have kept drinks cool to reinforce ideas about heat transfer (and so that projects aren't wasted!). 

This project was inspired by one of the 'New Scientist' books 'How to Fossilise your Hamster'.

Using PocketLab with different Rockets to explore Newton's Laws.

Great for NGSS MS-PS2-2!

Plan an investigation to provide evidence that the change in an object’s motion depends on the sum of the forces on the object and the mass of the object. [Clarification Statement: Emphasis is on balanced (Newton’s First Law) and unbalanced forces in a system, qualitative comparisons of forces, mass and changes in motion (Newton’s Second Law), frame of reference, and specification of units.] [Assessment Boundary: Assessment is limited to forces and changes in motion in one-dimension in an inertial reference frame and to change in one variable at a time. Assessment does not include the use of trigonometry.]
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