Vernier Launches LabQuest 2 for STEM Education

STEM students in more than 130 countries have deepened their knowledge of scientific practices using sensors and Vernier’s data-collection interface, the LabQuest. Now, that technology is even more powerful. Vernier Software & Technology‘s new LabQuest 2 features faster computing, a large high-resolution screen, wireless data sharing, and five built-in sensors, including GPS. LabQuest 2 is compatible with all Vernier probes, which includes more than 70 different sensors used in experiments to study physics, chemistry, biology, and a variety of other STEM topics.

“LabQuest 2 is part of what we call the Connected Science System, which we designed to expand possibilities for science educators,” said David Vernier, co-founder of Vernier Software & Technology and a former physics teacher. “As educators look to the future for data-collection technology that can be used with a variety of tablet devices, smart phones, and other mobile technology, LabQuest 2 offers teachers the greatest versatility.”

Used as a standalone device, or as a data-collection interface for computers with Vernier’s Logger Prosoftware, LabQuest 2 offers a 12.8 cm, high-resolution touch screen, real-time data collection, powerful analysis tools, and on-board curriculum. Its built-in GPS, 3-axis accelerometer, ambient temperature, light, and microphone sensors broaden data-collection opportunities while offering schools increased value. LabQuest 2’s software features quick response to touch, curve fits, and modeling, and the interface can collect data at a rate of up to 100,000 samples per second.

New to LabQuest 2 is the Connected Science System, a networked collection of technology that supports hands-on, collaborative learning with individualized accountability. Using the built-in Wi-Fi capability, students can share data from LabQuest 2 to any device with a web browser, including iPads®, iPhones®, and Android™ devices. Students can also send data from LabQuest 2 to any email address, and they can connect LabQuest 2 to a computer with a projector to view and control the device in a presentation format.

LabQuest 2 comes with a rechargeable battery, USB cable, power adapter, CD containing Logger Lite software, stylus, and stylus tether.

Pricing and Availability
LabQuest 2 replaces Vernier’s award-winning original LabQuest. It will be available for purchase in April 2012 for $329. To learn more about LabQuest 2, visit www.vernier.com/labquest2.

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Source: Vernier Software & Technology

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