Have you ever wondered what your dog does all day long while you are at work? Is resting the major “activity” or is there some occasional wandering? Is there silence or periodic barking, such as when the mailman comes or a squirrel is seen through a window? The author of this lesson has a couple of schnauzers, known for their predisposition for barking. “Welcome to the Bark Side” is a frequent phrase voiced to passersby while I am taking the schnauzers for a walk. But how much do they bark when cooped up in the house and I am out someplace? And do they move around a lot or mostly nap
People of all ages have enjoyed playing with toy race cars for many decades. Anki OVERDRIVE is currently one of the most popular and technologically advanced race car sets available in the marketplace. Why not attach Voyager to an Anki supercar and give your students a fun way to study angular velocity?! Each student group can design there own racetrack and obtain a Voyager snapshot of angular velocity vs.
Late in 2017 a handful of companies began selling LED flame lamps that do a great job of simulating an actual burning fire. The illumination is bright, has a color temperature of a warm orange flame, and the light produces negligible heat while running at under 5 watts of electric power. This light seems to be a great replacement for traditional gas lanterns, hurricane lamps, and oil lamps. The simulated flame is unbelievably realistic in the flame light purchased by the author. No obvious pattern could be detected in the flickering LED flame by observing the light with the eye.
The eye is one of the many marvels of the human body. The colored iris of the eye, surrounding the pupil, acts as a diaphragm to keep the amount of light entering the eye fairly constant. If you walk out the door of your house to a sunny yard, the iris opening gets smaller letting less light into your eye. If you enter a dark room after watching your favorite television program, the iris gets larger to allow more light to enter your eye. This is a protective reflex, as too much light could damage the retina, which is where the image forms in the eye, similar to the film of a traditional
This lesson is motivated by a respiration study using a FLIR ONE™ thermal camera in conjunction with the Vernier Thermal Analysis Plus app. Using Voyager and the PocketLab Temperature Probe, however, allows students to investigate respiration at a fraction of the cost of a thermal camera. The response time for the Temperature Probe is rapid enough to observe temperature differences in the air inhaled and exhaled through the mouth during the process of respiration.
Although there are a number of Web-based screen animations illustrating Kepler’s Law of Equal Areas, there are virtually no widespread physical demonstrations using actual hardware—at least not until Ozobot made the scene! Now with Voyager and Ozobot working together as a team, the motion can be visualized and studied quantitatively.
A common experiment for studying the reflectivity of different colored surfaces makes use of colored construction paper, aluminum foil, a light source, and a light sensor. Voyager’s light sensor and the little flashlight included with the Explorer Kit are perfect tools for performing this experiment. Empty graphs and data tables suitable for copying for student use are included with this lesson.
Ozobot “Evo” (ozobot.com) is a tiny one-inch diameter robot that can be quickly programmed using a Google Blockly dialect known as OzoBlockly (ozoblockly.com). This lesson combines the ability to program Ozobot to move freely in a straight line with Voyager’s ability to sense the resulting motion through its range finder. Students compute the slope of the resulting position versus time graph to determine Ozobot’s velocity.
There are over a dozen activities that you can do with your PocketLab Maker Kit! Below you will find instructions and links each activity, and you can find more ideas by browsing hundreds of PocketLab lesson plans.
First, here is a video on how to assemble the Maker Kit cart.
Make a Magnetic Minesweeper game!
Can you devise an experiment to see whether increased CO2 (carbon dioxide) in the atmosphere contributes to warming? We found a teacher who tweeted exactly what you need! @MontessoriMicky shared with us his lesson plan on a Bottle Ecosystem and had his class run an experiment using PocketLab to measure the heat absorption of a glass bottle filled with CO2 vs normal air as a control.