Browse the Toolkit for Teachers

All of the tools on these pages are available to borrow for a few days, a few weeks, or as required to implement your project. If you're not sure how these tools can be used in your class, let us know--we would be happy to help you develop a project or lesson. Also, ask your peers! Post a leaf and get a feel for how our other members have used these tools.

Please note that mobile devices may require a special request form for a pilot project. Please inquire.

Solar, wind, wave, and other sources of energy fluctuate throughout the day. Bioenergy can be a solution to this problem. With this kit, explore how energy from fruits, vegetables, water, and even mud can produce electricity to light a LED light bulb, power a clock and sound a buzzer!

Use this 3D printer to bring computer designed 3D models to life! Prints standard .stl files. Requires software installation onto a computer. Uses ABS filament (PLA can be requested if necessary).

A user friendly fully assambled 3D printer with the capability to print pieces up to a volume of 10 x 8 x 8 inches

The Alta II Reflectance Spectrometer is a sensor capable of quantifing color by light reflectance. Student can built graph of reflectance versus light wavelenght to creat rflectance spectrum for any visible and infrared color. The spectrometer can be use in classes discusing light, color , or spectroscopy. Comes with lesson manual.

Tablet computer with WiFi, Bluetooth and Camera capabilities. Perfect tool to do online research, calculations, data collection, and scientific measurement in combination with PASCO sensors.

Tablet computer with WiFi, Bluetooth and Camera capabilities. Perfect tool to do online research, calculations, data collection, and scientific measurement in combination with PASCO sensors.

The Backpack 1.0 Water Filtration Unit is designed for field demonstration and experimentation. This unit includes a manual powered pump, two exchangeable filtration stages and a Hand cranked UV disinfection stage. Test the changes in water quality before and after going through the different stages of the filtration unit with the PASCO sensors linked to iPads.

The Benchtop Water Filtration Kit is an in-the-classroom demonstration and experimentation tool for water filtration. This kit includes a AC powered pump, three exchangeable filtration stages, and a powered UV disinfection stage. Using PASCO sensors linked to iPads, test for changes in water quality before and after going through the different stages of the filtration unit.

Capture activities and learning through video or photos with this DSLR camera. SD card included.

The MP560 Pixma Inkjet Printer is an additional (optional) accessory to be used to print out generated net shapes made by using Fablab ModelMaker 3D software.

Measure surface temperatures with this infrared thermometer. Includes a built-in laser pointer, adjustable high alarm, two AAA batteries, soft case, and a wrist wrap.

Fablab ModelMaker software is used to render 3D shapes. The output initially shows the net of the shapes which can be printed then cut out using a printer and cutter. Each shape created includes additional information such as description, formulas (volume, surface area), parameter, etc that can be used as reference. This allow students to learn more about each shape as well as check their work when working with variables and ratios.

This Fuel Cell Car Kit lets you compare the difference between using a battery, solar panel, and fuel cell to power a small car. The fuel cell version actually allows the car to run on water! Learn about how fuel cells work, and compare its efficiency on the same vehicle to a battery source and energy from the sun through a solar panel.

This stand-alone demonstration kit is a great way to introduce the different types of renewable energy like different types of fuel cell technology, solar, wind, and kinetic energy. You can create a fuel cell car with three different types of fuel cells, or see the difference with a solar car, or test out the wind turbine. This kit comes with a booklet full of ideas for activities to do with your students. Comes complete with measuring devices and a data logger.

Water surrounds us everywhere here in Hawai'i in the streams and oceans. Use this kit to explore how water is used as a source of energy to generate power. You can build a waterwheel, sawmill, hammermill, hydroelectric power station, and many other experiments to explore the power of water.

Introduce your students to hydroponics with this small indoor system. Comes with a 6"H x 16"W x 24"L container that holds 6 individual planters, air pump with tubing, water level indicator, adjustable height grow light stand, and four 2' T5 lights.

The Kill-A-Watt power meter measures and records appliance power consumption. Calculates power cost base on local power companies price per kilowatt.

MakeyMakey is a small circuit board you connect to your computer through a USB cable. The computer thinks that the circuit board is the actual keyboard. With alligator clips, you can attach various conductive objects to the circuit board to design your own keyboard! Normally computer games and musical instruments are played using the standard keyboard. But imagine the possibilities now that you can design how you want your computer game controller or musical instrument to look like! Great for experiencing the engineering design process, learning about conductive and insulating materials, and a basic introduction to circuits.

Used at Kanuikapono PCS where students learned about electronics, circuits, conductive materials and insulative materials. The students used the... Read More

The 550 Universal Interface is a two sensor ports plus analog control interface with Built-in Temperature and Voltage Sensors with probes and USB or Bluetooth connection. Can be use with iPads, Laptops, Chromebooks or Android tablets. Best when used with the PASCO Newtons Laws kit.

The Advance Water Quality sensor allows the student to measure multiple water parameters with only one sensor. This parameters are pH, temperature, salinity, conductivity and dissolved oxygen.

The PASCO Airlink 2 is a single sensor port interface to connect PASPORT sensors to an iPad or Android tablet via bluetooth.

The Ammonium Ion Selective Electrode is an instrument designed to specifically measure ammonium concentration in aqueous solutions.

Measure chloride concentration in an aqueous solution.

Measure the concentration of carbon dioxide for experiments in respiration, photosynthesis, chemical reactions, air quality and more.

Bring to life the Doppler Effect concept with a simple and fun Doppler Rocket activity. Students will hear the change in pitch as the Doppler Rocket approaches them.

The EcoZone System was designed to help students understand the interactions within different ecosystems.The three clear acrylic EcoChambers are rugged and easy to set up and clean and they are designed to accommodate PASCO sensors to allow quatitative measurement of a wide range of real-time environmental parameters .

Measure the pH of solids like soils, gels, food, and more.

Measure the volumetric flow rate and temperature of streams, rivers, and more using a 3ft to 7ft telescoping rod. Great for field activities and measuring variation along different locations and depths of a stream.

Measure fluoride concentration in an aqueous solution.

Measure up to 50 Newtons (11.2 lb-force) of force in the direction of this sensor. Applications include force measurement during collisions, force of a pendulum, and force exerted by an oscillating object.

Attach the Goniometer to your arm or leg to measure angular position, velocity, and acceleration. Combine it with the Force Sensor to measure power is generated to lift and object.

Lost? Find yourself in the planet with this GPS sensor. The Global Position Sensor collects data from satellites orbiting the planet to provide your latitude, longitude, altitude, and velocity.

Explore solar, wind, and fuel cell energy harnessing technologies. Includes a wind turbine with multiple blade designs, reversible fuel cell module, 1-watt solar cell, and a battery pack. Combine this kit with the Voltage / Current Meter to measure the output of the power sources. *Must be used with Pasco sensors.

The Pasco PS-2148 Infrared Sensor measures light wavelengths from 580 to 40,000 nanometers.

Measure the concentration of lead ion in a solution.

This sensor mimics the wavelength sensitivity of our eyes and displays measurement of illuminance in lux. Put a measurement to what we see with our eyes.

The PASCO Wireless Spectrometer is a sensor used for introductory spectroscopy experiments. The Bluetooth and USB connectivity enable it to be used with tablets or computers. With this instrument, you can measure intensity, absorbance, transmittance and fluorescence. Includes 10 plastic cuvettes and lids perfect for study solution and color changing quemical reactions.The included Fiber Optic Cable allows you to perform emissions spectroscopy experiments with the PASCO spectrometer. Simply insert the Fiber Optic Cable into the cuvette holder and point the end of the cable at the light source.

The Magnetic Field Sensor helps quantify the invisible concept of Magnetism. It can be use to study permanent magnets or electomagnets

Check out this book for ideas on how to incorporate sensor technology to enhance earth science lessons. Comes with teacher guides, student handouts, and editable digital files to tweak for your activity.

Check out this book for ideas on how to incorporate sensor technology to enhance life science lessons. Comes with teacher guides, student handouts, and editable digital files to tweak for your activity.

Check out this book for ideas on how to incorporate sensor technology to enhance physical science lessons. Comes with teacher guides, student handouts, and editable digital files to tweak for your activity.

Use this sensor to measure the motion of an object, a dynamics cart or a person as close as 15 cm. The motion sensor provides reliable data using false target rejection technology. This sensor works great for physical science activities and math. Use the motion sensor in combination with the Matchgraph iPad app to interactively interpret graphs.

Experiment with various hands-on activities to teach Newton's 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Laws of Motion. Kit includes force & motion sensors, friction accessory, weights, pulleys, etc. and an experiment manual.

Measure nitrate concentration in an aqueous solution.

Use this new and improved dissolved oxygen sensor for water quality, photosynthesis, respiration and other experiments. Faster setup and cleanup time with no need for calibration or electrode polishing.

The Oxidation Reduction Potential (ORP) probe works with the POIT sensor to allows the student to measure this parameters in water.

The Oxygen gas sensor allows the student to measure the concentration of Oxygen in the air.

Pasco PS-2147 Precision pH and Temperature plus ORP/ISE Amplifier sensor measure pH and temperature with the provided probe and with additional probes can measure oxidation reduction potential or ion concentrations in aqueous solutions.

Pasco PS-2147 Precision pH and Temperature plus ORP/ISE Amplifier sensor measure pH and temperature with the provided probe and with additional probes can measure oxidation reduction potential or ion concentrations in aqueous solutions.

Measure potassium concentration in an aqueous solution.

Collect 4 different temperature measurements at the same time. Great for experiments with heat transfer and other cause & effect activities.

The PS-2195 Salinity Sensor calculates the concentration of salt in water by measuring the conductivity and temperature of the solution.

Measure sodium concentration in an aqueous solution.

Measure the percentage of water in soil for environmental science, agricultural, earth science, and many other experiments.

The SPARKlink Air is a two sensor ports interface with Built-in Temperature and Voltage Sensors with probes and USB or Bluetooth connection. Can be use with iPads, Laptops, Chromebooks or Android tablets.

This system is easy to use and includes a variety of safety features that make it suitable for beginning labs. Mount any of the 8 different spectral tubes into the power supply and turn it on. The 26 cm long tubes are capillary-thin over the middle 10 cm, providing sharp, bright spectra. This kit include the 2 most commond spectral elements in Space (Hydrogen, Helium) and Neon for common classroom light source comparison.

The Pasco turbidity sensor measures the particles suspended in aqueous solutions in NTU (Nephelometric Turbidity Unit). The sensor can also measure precipitation or settling of suspended particles in a solution.

The PASCO USB link is a single sensor port interface to connect PASPORT sensors to a Laptop, Chromebook or Android tablet via USB.

The Pasco PS-2149 Ultraviolet Light Sensor measure the UVA band (315 - 400 nanometers) and the visible spectrum.

Simultaneously measure the voltage, current, and power of a circuit. For safety, sensor will automatically beep and shut down if the current is too high. It will reset automatically when the overload is removed.

The weather / anemometer sensor allows the student to measure multiple environmental parameters.

Engage your students in scientific inquiry by having them figure out what type of fish these bones belong to!

Information regarding the Common/Hawaiian/Scientific Name, exact location of where the bones were found, and how we found the answer are part of this kit.

Use this 10 MP digital camera with 3.3x optical zoom to capture student work to include in their reports and presentations. SD card included.

Measure the light intensity in the Photosynthetically Active Radiation light spectrum from 400 to 700 nanometers. This is the spectrum most plants use to photosynthesize (excluding UV light). Use this sensor to design & plan or troubleshoot your indoor and outdoor plant / aquatic systems. You can even combine this with the CO2 sensor for a photosynthesis experiment.

The Silhouette Cutter is an additional (optional) accessory to be used to cut, score, and perforate generated net shapes made by with Fablab ModelMaker 3D software.

DNA is a very abstract concept that can be difficult to grasp. With this DNA kit, extract "chunks" of DNA from strawberries and papaya that your students can actually see. Students will learn about cell walls and cell membranes since to extract DNA, these walls and membranes must be broken down. Each kit contains 16 sets of materials for students to work in groups of 2 or more.

With the PITSCO Structure testing machine students are capable to up to 800 pounds of force to structures including balsa wood or basswood towers and bridges using a turn-force wheel. Students can apply pressure in small increments and stop applying pressure at the first sign of structural damage--so they don’t have to destroy the structure to test it to the limit. And because the system captures both the peak load and the current load, the load that 'breaks' the structure is displayed. Because the load reading is given at every change, students can follow a precise pattern to ensure consistent testing in a classroom setting.

The Vernier Colorimeter is an instrument that measures the amount of light transmitted through a sample to determine the concentration of the solution. Great to study the changes in concentration of a solution over time.

This current probe measures currents in low-voltage AC and DC circuits. Combine this with our energy kits for added learning!

The Global Position Sensor collects data from satellites orbiting the planet to provide your latitude, longitude, altitude, and velocity.

Calculator and computer interface for Vernier sensors.

Interface for Vernier sensors.

The Light Sensor approximates the human eye in spectral response. Use it for inverse square law experiments or for studying polarizers, reflectivity, or solar energy.

Vernier probe to measure the concentration of Nitrate Ion in aqueous solutions.

The Vernier pH sensor measures the concentration of the Hydrogen ion in liquids.

The Vernier salinity sensor calculates the concentration of salt in water by measuring the conductivity and temperature of the solution.

The Vernier turbidity sensor measures the particles suspended in fresh and saltwater in NTU (Nephelometric Turbidity Unit). The sensor is also good to measure precipitation or settling of suspended particles in a solution.

This voltage probe measures voltage and potential in AC and DC circuits. Combine this with our energy kits for added learning!

Use this kit to collect water quality data without sensors. This kit includes reagent tablets and vials to measure nitrates, chloride, dissolved oxygen, and pH of a liquid. Combine with high-tech Vernier or PASCO sensors for a great lesson comparing the different types of technology used to gather data. Also included Carolina 120 cm Turbidity Tube, Standard Red-Alcohol Thermometers, and an Ocean Hydrometer to measure the specific gravity and salinity of water (ppt).

The Watts Up power meter measures the power consumption of any device over a period of time. The data can be accessed from the device in real-time over web. Data can be exported in a spreadsheet format. Answer questions like "How much power does your TV use when it's on? How about when it's off but still plugged in?"

1st Generation Wave Tank designed by and fabricated by a former UHM mechanical engineeer student in colaboration with middle school teachers. The tank can be use to demosntrate absorbed waves, standing wave, changes in frequency and wavelenth(1-D wave equation), wave particles, Single slot wave propagation, double slot wave propagation and wave energy conservation.