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Arduino Science Journal

By Christy Matte, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Nifty tool for gathering data on favorite devices.

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age 12+

Based on 1 parent review

age 12+

Science journal

This app allows you to use your cell phone to take scientific data of all sorts. I discovered it before my students turned in their Science Fair projects this year. While I did not instruct all the classes in how to use Science journal, I allowed some kids who had problems with their projects to use Science journal. It gave accurate and precise data. I just recorded the frequency of middle C on our piano and found it to be 259 HZ. The actual value should be 256. I have also done labs with it to record magnetic field intensity at different distances from a magnet. I would highly recommend it

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This clever app unlocks some hidden powers in our personal devices and gives kids an easy-to-use tool for their STEM explorations. Science Journal by Google is a great option for educators, including homeschoolers, who may not have the budget for expensive environmental sensors. It's also fun for family and solo experimentation. Google has some sample experiments on their site, and a quick search turned up some additional ideas for creative uses for the sensors. These are perfect for inspiring kids who don't quite know where to start on their own. It's relatively easy to use, but there are some things you'll need to dig to find, like the ability to share sensor recordings. It would be nice to be able to export an entire experiment to Google Docs for final editing and sharing. Overall, this freebie holds a lot of bang for the non-existent buck and is certainly a must-have for kids who have any interest in science and technology.

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