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PocketLab Frequently Asked Questions

Submitted by PocketLab on Tue, 09/19/2017 - 21:57

What’s the difference between PocketLab One, PocketLab Voyager, and PocketLab Weather?

All PocketLabs are wireless multi-sensors for science exploration that can connect to the free PocketLab app to stream and record data from the numerous sensors packed into each device. See compatibility requirements for the PocketLab app here.

Rolling Resistance Lab: CloudLab/Mini HotRod

Submitted by Rich on Tue, 12/11/2018 - 16:25

Rolling Resistance Introduction

Rolling resistance is a force that opposes the motion when an object rolls along a surface.  There are many examples of objects experiencing rolling resistance:  car or bicycle tires on pavement, skateboard wheels on a half pipe ramp, steel wheels on a railroad track, ball bearings in a pulley, bowling balls on a bowling lane, and carts rolling on a dynamics track, just to mention a few.  Many factors can affect the magnitude of the forces associated with rolling resistance.

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PocketLab on Windows 10

Submitted by PocketLab on Mon, 12/10/2018 - 22:24

Beta version of the PocketLab Web App available now

The PocketLab Web App is now available on Windows 10 devices as a beta version. The PocketLab Web App connects to PocketLab Voyager and Weather through a Chrome web browser. To connect your PocketLab Voyager or Weather follow the steps below. 

Crash Cushioning Lab - NGSS Based

Submitted by Rich on Thu, 12/06/2018 - 16:09

Introduction to Crash Cushioning

In addition to automobile features that promote road safety, there has been and continues to be a great deal of work on highway features that save lives.  An earlier lab entitled Crash Cushion Investigation, submitted by PocketLab, makes use of the PocketLab HotRod to investigate crash cushioning similar to that shown in Figure 1.    

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Terminal Velocity vs Area of a Falling Object

Submitted by Rich on Tue, 12/04/2018 - 00:22

Terminal Velocity Introduction

The effect of mass on the terminal velocity of an object falling in air is commonly done using basket coffee filters.  But how could we study the effect of area on the terminal velocity of a falling object?  One way to do this is to use PocketLab Voyager and its range finder along with a single piece of cardstock as the object to be dropped.

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Energy Conservation with a Mini HotRod

Submitted by Rich on Thu, 11/29/2018 - 22:16


What can you do with a PocketLab Mini HotRod, Voyager, five pieces of HotWheels track, and a half-dozen wood blocks about the size of Jenga blocks?  How about an experiment in energy conservation!  Add CloudLab and you have an environment for your students/lab groups to perform, analyze, document and save their PocketLab lab reports.

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Explore Earth's Systems and Outer Space with your PocketLab

Submitted by PocketLab on Thu, 11/29/2018 - 18:12

Engaging NGSS Earth and Space Science Activities with PocketLab

Explore Earth's systems and discover other planets with these two NGSS aligned Earth and Space Science lab activities. These activities cover NGSS disciplinary core ideas ESS1.A - The Universe and its Stars and ESS1.B - Earth and the Solar System. 

Investigate the Changing Seasons

With a heat lamp, a globe, and a PocketLab, you're ready to understand the reasons for the seaons. Check out the lesson here. 

The CloudLab Model

Submitted by Rich on Sun, 11/25/2018 - 21:08

CloudLab Introduction

The purpose of this article is to provide the reader with an understanding of the CloudLab model for performing experiments with PocketLab sensors.  Teachers can set up accounts and populate those accounts with their students.  CloudLab is an online foundation allowing students to perform, analyze, document and save PocketLab lab reports.  The figure below shows the basic hierarchical structure of CloudLab.