Integrating the Vernier LabPro™ with Squeak Etoys
Daniel Heywood, Wesley Williams, Elizabeth Snead, Shelby Morge, Sridhar Narayan, Karen Hill, Gene Tagliarini, University of North Carolina Wilmington, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Charleston, SC, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-67-9 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC USA
The Vernier LabProTM equipped with various sensor probes is commonly used in many middle and high school science classes. Using these devices, students can measure and record a wide variety of physical parameters such as temperature, light intensity, voltage, and pressure. Squeak Etoys is a media authoring tool in which students can easily create engaging simulations of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) phenomena using a tile-based scripting language. This paper describes a novel interface developed by the USeIT project that allows a Vernier LabProTM to be used as an input device for Squeak models. This synergistic integration of two key technologies finds wide application in STEM classrooms.
Heywood, D., Williams, W., Snead, E., Morge, S., Narayan, S., Hill, K. & Tagliarini, G. (2009). Integrating the Vernier LabPro™ with Squeak Etoys. In I. Gibson, R. Weber, K. McFerrin, R. Carlsen & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2009--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 3762-3764). Charleston, SC, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).