People can't seem to stop fidgeting with Fidget Spinners, so they might as well learn some science along the way! This 3D printed enclosure allows you to put a PocketLab on a spinner. Follow the link to 3D print your own. Then measure centripetal acceleration as you spin it at different speeds!
PocketLab fits perfectly as a payload for an Estes rocket! Great way to quantify launch acceleration, free fall, and altitude. (Click here for original tweet)
PocketLab user Ryan Hollister attached his PocketLab One to a drone to measure it's altitude. The PocketLab calculates altitude using its barometric pressure sensor. (Click here for original tweet)
PocketLab Voyager is in the middle of a coil of wire. The rest of the wire is also wrapped in a coil, and a magnet is used to induce a current through the coil/wire. The magnetic field from the coil around the Voyager is then measured by the Voyager's magnetometer. The right hand rule tell us the magnetic field from the coil will be along the z-axis of the PocketLab Voyager. In the video you can see the z-axis of the magnetic field graph (lower graph) change each time the magnet enters. Science is awesome!
Took PocketLab to Great America in San Jose for some rollercoaster data collecting. The Acceleration and Altitude data are for the roller coaster shown in the picture. You can see how the greatest amount of acceleration correspond to the bottom of drops when the rollercoaster changes direction really quickly at high speeds. Pretty cool! (Click here for original tweet)
How are you using PocketLab to explore the world around you? Share your PocketLab Story today!
1) Email thepocketlab(at)gmail.com a quick description of how you used your PocketLab. Be sure to attach any videos or pictures you want to include. We'll post it to the PocketLab Stories page for you.
2) Click the "Add Content" link to the left, then click "PocketLab Story" to post the story yourself. You can attach images from your PocketLab experiment or embed a YouTube video using the tool bar at the top of the post
The PocketLab office buzzing with excitement. Boxes are stacked to the ceiling with our new PocketLab Voyager and Weather parts, probes and accessories, and shipping materials. There's almost no space to walk around. Everyone is busy hand assembling and testing the new units before they ship, and each package gets a double and sometimes triple check as we sort out our shipping procedures. It's a busy time for the PocketLab team!
We were proud to be invited to do a summer program for about 70 high school girls aspiring to be future engineers at Santa Clara University. The week long program was called GetSET (Get Science, Engineering, and Technology), was sponsored by the Society for Women Engineers and had activities ranging from programming to visiting Facebook, and a hands-on lab with PocketLab.
The School District of La Crosse, Wisconsin challenged their students to determine what attributes make the idea soccer player. Watch the video below to see how they used PocketLab and their iPad technology, plus a lot of creativity, to investigate what physical attributes contribute to accuracy and force of a soccer kick.