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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!
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.
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 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 .
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.
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.
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).
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.