More than in many countries, the UK has a tradition of acquiring sensors and data-loggers for science. Put another way, schools have experimented with one brand, tried others and sometimes left useful gear in the cupboard (see also “Learn lessons from the skeletons in your cupboard”). My final item isn’t merely excellent software that can collect and analyse data; it now works with a huge number of different brands. Called Insight and known to thousands of science teachers, this has grown into a family of software for measuring, modelling and simulating science ideas.
New this year, was the feature-packed Insight iLOG VideoLab. This new version of Insight does a fantastic job of unifying the data-logging equipment you may have in use or in the cupboard (see “No flash, no Harry, just great science – new ‘Insight'”). It’ll also work with the equipment from PASCO, Data Harvest and LogIT as well as DynaKar (below) and even display graphs from the Nintendo WiiMote controller. Insight now has the ability to capture video of sports or moving objects and then to trace how far and fast things move.
Yes, Insight was missing from the BETT show floor, largely due to the disappearance of Logotron, the innovative UK software stalwart. However its development continues, and a supplier has stepped in to make it available again. Read more about the program at www.insightresources.co.uk.