Saturday, April 21, 2012

Science Probes for the iPad

Science is one of those subjects that really excite students because they get to see cause and effect, they get to create, record and then document results and they get to manipulate the variables that produce the data. Students then get to make connections between what they do and the real world.
Add an iPad, a series of carefully chosen apps and a couple of probes and you can make all of these observations happen in a mobile environment - outside, at home or even on an excursion. I would love to be a student in a classroom with these tools!
iSeismometer: FREE
iSeismometer stores 10 seconds of data and you can drag the screen to re-track the previous data. Submit data on the website with your location info. You can also customize the target URL. Send the URL to your email address so that you can easily download the data as csv file.

Accelerometer Data Pro: $2.99 and $5.49
The Pro version saves the collected data on the Flash file system of the device allowing a very large amount of data to be collected, and allows the data to be accessed after the application is restarted. The Accelerometer Data application gives you direct access to the iDevice accelerometer data. The data can be streamed to your computer using UDP over wifi.

iCelsius with Probe attachment ( 4 models between $50 - $100)
iCelsius: FREE + Probe
iCelsius is a temperature probe that turns the iPad into a digital thermometer. The app will read the temperature, create graphs and set up alerts. The iCelsius measures temps between -22°F to 158°F (-30°C to 70°C) and is suited for many applications.

Sparkvue Wireless Probes
Sparkvue: FREE + Probe
SPARKvue brings real-time measurement, data visualization, and analysis to science education everywhere. Students can use the new PASPORT interface to connect to over 70 sensors, measuring pH, temperature, force, carbon dioxide level, and many more.

Oscium Osilloscope Probe attachment $298
IMSO-104 OsilloscopeFREE + Probe
The Oscium scope can also do all of those things you would expect from any scope: triggering, running measurements, the ability to freeze the display, screen shot, data capture, e-mail, and configuration saving. The unit supports a single analog probe and four digital probes, all included in the kit.


  1. Its a great idea that we use the ipad apps in the education sector .I m really thakful to u creating such a nice blog......

  2. Is there any way to know if the Nova Air probe from Fourier Education is close to having an App approved. We are interested in buying this probe but only if it can be used with the IPAD. They say they are close to being approved.

  3. The real concern about these apps is that it makes the students lazier.


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