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Demonstrating Induction with PocketLab Voyager

Submitted by PocketLab on Mon, 08/14/2017 - 17:51

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!

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Physics of a Rollercoaster

Submitted by Robby on Sat, 08/12/2017 - 00:07

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)

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How to Share your PocketLab Story

Submitted by PocketLab on Fri, 08/11/2017 - 22:12

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

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New PocketLab Voyagers and Weathers are Shipping!

Submitted by DaveBakker on Mon, 08/07/2017 - 18:50

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!

PocketLab and the Society for Women Engineers at Santa Clara University

Submitted by DaveBakker on Thu, 08/03/2017 - 18:39

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. 

Planning to jump out of a spacecraft 24 miles above Earth? Don’t forget your PocketLab!

Submitted by DaveBakker on Tue, 06/20/2017 - 17:53

Exactly 65 years after Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier in a Bell X-1 aircraft,Felix Baumgartner did too, but not in an aircraft. He did it by jumping out of one. In a state of the art pressure suit, Baumgartner jumped out of a capsule dangling from a helium balloon that had reached the stratosphere, 24 miles from the surface of the Earth. Before deploying his parachute, Baumgartner reached a top speed of 833.9 mph.