Our Digital Innovation Space provides a dedicated room equipped with technology equipment for collaborative use by our students. The room and equipment will be utilized for classroom projects as well as independent research. Funds collected are being used to purchase the below equipment and furnishings for the Digital Innovation Space.

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State of the Art Equipment and Furnishings

The technical devices and digital probe ware which are listed below will be available for use on individual research projects by students and for signing out by teachers for classroom use.  These add to our existing collection of devices and probe ware to provide for eight available units of each.

Lab quest 2 interfaces with charging stations and lab armor
These are the devices which record and graph the data collected by the sensors when out in the field. The charging stations are used to keep the devices powered up and available for use outside. The lab armor provides protection to the unit when it is dropped accidently.

GoLink USB interfaces
These are the devices which connect the sensors to the student laptops when collecting data inside the building.

GoWireless sensors
These can be added to a sensor so that it does not have to be connected directly to a computer.

Wireless temperature probes
These measure the temperature of solutions without having to be tethered by a cord to a computer. They transmit the data to a receiver attached to the laptop. This makes it safer to do experiments with hot liquids in a lab setting. These can be used in any science or math course or in individual investigations involving temperature changes or comparisons.

GoMotion sensors
These sensors collect data on speed, distance and direction for experiments in physics and mathematics classes.

Wireless dynamics sensors
These are used to measure the speed and acceleration of an object as it moves past the sensor. They are used in physics and mathematics experiments.

Force plate sensors
These sensors measure the pushing force on an object. They are used to measure forces involved with items being thrown or dropped. They are used in physics and mathematics explorations. They are also available to students carrying out individual investigations, especially those involved with sports.

Sound level meters
The Sound Level Meter is used to measure sound level in decibels (dB). They are used in physics and mathematics explorations. They are also available to students carrying out individual investigations with sound.

Dual-Range force sensors
These are used for measuring pushing and pulling forces.  They can be used as a replacement for a hand-held spring scale, or attached to dynamics carts to study collisions and the laws of motion. They are used in physics and mathematics explorations. They are also used by students carrying out individual investigations with sound.

Centripetal force apparatus
This is used to demonstrate and investigate the relationship between centripetal force, angular velocity, mass, and radius during physics coursework.

Vernier circuit board kits
These are basic electricity labs set up on a student friendly board system.  They can be used to make basic series and parallel circuits and to investigate their properties. They will be used in physics, mathematics and engineering classes. They are also available to students for their science fair and eCYBERMISSION projects.

Differential voltage probes
These are designed for exploring the basic principles of electricity. They are used to measure voltages in low voltage AC and DC circuits during electricity explorations in physics.

Voltage probes
These are used to measure the potential in DC or AC circuits during electrical experiments in physics.

Current probes
These measure DC and low-frequency AC currents during electrical experiments in physics.

Watts up Pro
This device is used to monitor real-time electricity usage and cost. It can connect via an included USB cable to student computers, allowing for electricity usage data to be collected and analyzed, in combination with data from other sensors such as temperature, light, or relative humidity. They will be used in physics, mathematics and engineering classes. They are also available to students for their science fair and eCYBERMISSION projects.

Structures and Materials Tester
This is used, along with the engineering design method, to design, build, and test structures, conduct bridge competitions, and investigate and analyze beam designs and material properties. It will be used in physics, mathematics and engineering classroom experiments. They are also available to students for their science fair and eCYBERMISSION projects.
 
Gas Pressure sensors
These measure the pressure exerted by a gas when it is enclosed in a container. They are used when testing the effect of changing volume or temperature on the pressure of a gas. They can also be used to measure the amount of gas collected during a reaction as a function of its pressure. These are used in physics, mathematics, and chemistry classroom experiments. They are also available to students for their science fair and eCYBERMISSION projects.

pH sensors
These sensors are immersed in a solution to measure how its pH level changes over time. pH is a measure of acidity/alkalinity. These are used for biology, chemistry and environmental experiments. They are also available to students for their science fair and eCYBERMISSION projects.

Optical Dissolved Oxygen probes
These sensors are immersed in a water sample to measure the amount of oxygen gas which is dissolved in the water. The lower the concentration of dissolved oxygen, the lower the ability of the water to support life. These are used for biology, chemistry and environmental experiments. They are also available to students for their science fair and eCYBERMISSION projects.

Nitrate probes
These sensors are immersed in a water sample to measure the amount of nitrate ion which is dissolved in the water. Nitrate is an ion found in most common plant fertilizers and can cause uncontrolled algae growth when it is present in high concentrations in natural bodies of water. These are used in biology, chemistry and environmental classes. They are also available to students for their science fair and eCYBERMISSION projects.

Conductivity sensors
These sensors are immersed in a liquid sample to measure the concentration of ions present. One use of this would be to measure the electrolytes found in sports drinks. These are used in biology, chemistry and environmental classes. They are also available to students for their science fair and eCYBERMISSION projects.

Oxygen gas sensors
These sensors measure the level of oxygen gas present in air. These are used during biology, chemistry and environmental classroom experiments. They are also available to students for their science fair and eCYBERMISSION projects.  They can also be used with the spirometers to measure the amount of oxygen gas which a person breathes into their lungs during anatomy and physiology investigations.

Carbon dioxide gas sensors
These sensors measure the level of carbon dioxide present in air. Carbon dioxide is a product of combustion and is considered a greenhouse gas which contributes to global climate change. These are used in biology, chemistry and environmental explorations. They are also available to students for their science fair and eCYBERMISSION projects.

Biochambers
These are plastic chambers which can be used with the carbon dioxide and oxygen gas sensors in order to carry out controlled experiments. They limit the amount of air being tested and seal off the experiment from outside air. These are used in biology, chemistry and environmental experiments. They are also available to students for their science fair and eCYBERMISSION projects.

SpectroVis Plus Spectrophotometers
These sensors measure the color of a solution and can also measure how it changes over time or during a reaction.  They are often used to measure how much algae has grown in a sample of water as a measure of the quality of the water. These are used in biology, chemistry and environmental experiments. They are also available to students for their science fair and eCYBERMISSION projects.

Colorimeters
These devices can also measure the color of a solution but do not have the range or sensitivity of the SpectroVis Plus spectrophotometers.  They are useful with studies that involve chemical solutions of color rather than those measuring the color of living tissues such as algae.

These are used in biology, chemistry and environmental experiments. They are also available to students for their science fair and eCYBERMISSION projects.

Photosynthetically Active Radiation sensors
These sensors measure the light which reaches the ground and plants. It specifically measures the ability of the light to provide the energy needed by plants to carry out photosynthesis. Photosynthesis is the chemical reaction which takes place in plants converting carbon dioxide and water into sugar and oxygen gas. These are used in Biology, Chemistry and Environmental experiments. They are also available to students for their science fair and eCYBERMISSION projects.

UVB sensors
These measure the amount of UVB radiation which is present in sunlight. Ultraviolet radiation B is the portion of sunlight which reacts with skin tissue causing skin cancer, cataracts and skin aging. These are used in biology, chemistry and environmental experiments. They are also available to students for their science fair and eCYBERMISSION projects.

UVA sensors
These measure the amount of UVA radiation which is present in sunlight. UVA has a different wavelength than does UVB but both are harmful to human skin cells. Ultraviolet radiation B is the portion of sunlight which reacts with skin tissue causing skin cancer, cataracts and skin aging. These are used in biology, chemistry and environmental experiments. They are also available to students for their science fair and eCYBERMISSION projects.

Wireless Heart Rate monitors
These send a signal to the student computer on their heart rate in beats per minute. They can be used to investigate how the heart rate changes during different levels of exercise. These will be used by the anatomy and physiology, biology and mathematics classes. They are also available to students for their science fair and eCYBERMISSION projects.

Blood Pressure Sensors and cuffs
These send a signal to the student computer on their blood pressure. They can be used to investigate how the blood pressure changes during different levels of exercise or stress. These will be used by the anatomy and physiology, biology and mathematics classes. They are also available to students for their science fair and eCYBERMISSION projects.

EKG sensors and lead attachments
These measure cardiac electrical voltages produced during the contraction of the heart. They can be used to make standard 3-lead EKG tracings to record electrical activity in the heart, or to collect surface EMG recordings to study contractions in muscles in a student’s arm, leg or jaw. These will be used by the anatomy & physiology, biology and mathematics classes. They are also available to students for their science fair and eCYBERMISSION projects.

Surface temperature sensors
These measure external skin temperature. They can be used to investigate how the skin changes temperature during different levels of exercise or stress. These will be used by the anatomy and physiology, biology and mathematics classes. They are also available to students for their science fair and eCYBERMISSION projects.

Spirometers
These are designed to make human respiratory measurements at rest and during moderate activity. They will be used to perform a variety of experiments related to air flow and lung volume during anatomy and physiology, biology and mathematics classes. They are also available to students for their science fair and eCYBERMISSION projects.

Bio-Rad Biotechnology Kits
These educational DNA analysis kits utilize hands-on techniques to explore DNA structure and function, cell structure, restriction digestion, and agarose gel electrophoresis. They will be used by genetics, forensics, anatomy and physiology and biology classes. They are also available to students for their science fair and eCYBERMISSION projects.

Bio-Rad Forensic Data Analysis Kits
Scientists working in forensic labs are often asked to perform DNA profiling or “fingerprinting” to analyze evidence in law enforcement, mass disasters, and paternity cases. This kit will be used to introduce students to the role of DNA testing in forensics for solving crimes. They will be used by genetics, forensics, anatomy and physiology and biology classes. They are also available to students for their science fair and eCYBERMISSION projects.

Celestron Digital Microscope imager
The Celestron Digital Microscope Imager turns a traditional compound or stereo microscope into a high-resolution digital imager using the student laptop. The imager replaces the eyepiece of the microscope and connects directly to laptops via USB. The Celestron Digital Microscope Imager works together with Logger Pro‘s Image and Video Capture capabilities to provide an easy way to collect still images, time-lapse sequences, and short videos of microscopic events and specimens. They will be used by genetics, forensics, anatomy and physiology and biology classes. They are also available to students for their science fair and eCYBERMISSION projects.

Pro Scope High Resolution Kits
The Pro Scope HR is a USB handheld digital microscope designed for use with student laptops.  It provides a higher-quality sensor than the digital microscope imagers. They will be used for demonstrations in the genetics, forensics, anatomy and physiology and biology classes. They may also be used by students under supervision for their science fair and eCYBERMISSION projects.
  • The training of eight of our science and math teachers in the use of the probe ware and technical devices along with the licenses for the software to interface with them was provided by the vendor, Vernier.
  • A library of Vernier Lab Manuals will provide the curricular connections and ideas for independent student research which utilize digital sensors and interfacing devices.  These include:
            -  Biology with Vernier
            -  Advanced Biology with Vernier 
            -  Human Physiology with Vernier
            -  Investigating Biology through Inquiry
            -  Investigating Environmental Science through Inquiry
            -  Chemistry with Vernier
            -  Advanced Chemistry with Vernier
            -  Organic Chemistry with Vernier
            -  Investigating Chemistry through Inquiry
            -  Physics with Vernier
            -  Advanced Physics with Vernier: Mechanics
            -  Advanced Physic with Vernier: Beyond Mechanics
            -  Physics with Video Analysis
            -  Real World Math with Vernier: Connecting Math and Science
            -  Forensics with Vernier
            -  Water Quality with Vernier
            -  Agricultural Science with Vernier
            -  Environmental Science through Inquiry
            -  Earth Science with Vernier

4-6 Computer Aided Design stations for use by engineering, visual arts and computer programming students for their design projects.
  • Each CAD station would be comprised of a high definition monitor, mouse, keyboard and dock installed on ergonomic, movable furniture.
  • The stations would interface with 3-D printers available within the lab and with color printers located within the school.
  • The CAD and Adobe Photoshop software licenses for use during these design projects are also being purchased, along with any additional software needed.
Digital cameras, 3-D and color printers for individual and classroom use.
  • §  Digital cameras capable of stop action and time lapse imaging will be provided for teacher and student use in all areas of science and math which measure change over time.
  • §  A system of providing high quality color printing in multiple sizes is being developed for use by the Photoshop students and those students involved with the STEM Literacy through Infographics research project.
  • §  3-D printers will be available for projects created using the CAD stations. They will be housed in a separate room, off the Digital Innovation Space.
Several movable plant centers with grow lights, heating elements and growing trays which will be used for independent student research projects as well as classroom projects involving plants.
 
Makerspace materials to provide for engineering challenges and motivational devices to interest students in innovation. These include a variety of robotics kits, Sphero Sprks programmable robots, Raspberry pi interfaces and Rube Goldberg creation kits as well as arts and crafts supplies and basic laboratory equipment.
 
Movable, ergonomic furniture capable of flexible configurations for the Digital Innovation Space.
 
Additional electrical outlets needed for the digital equipment.
 
Storage containers and designated storage areas for the digital equipment, probe ware and makerspace materials.
 
Replacement of the existing sink to provide for additional water supply and work areas.
 
 
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