Probeware

Giving students a sixth sense. And a seventh, and an eighth.

We've been extending students' senses for a quarter century.

ProbewareStudents studying science, math and engineering often need to stretch the limits of their senses. They must learn about phenomena they can't easily detect. And they need rapid feedback to help cement important connections between the world they see and the ideas they're learning.

This is a tall order for any teacher. But probes and sensors – "probeware" – and their real-time feedback deliver on this difficult challenge. Even better, they can eliminate tedious lab setup and data collection steps that can impede student learning.

Probeware such as motion detectors, temperature sensors and more extend students' senses and permit them to see multiple representations of their surroundings unfold in real time. Effective use of probes and sensors can transform learning in the STEM classroom.

Our staff were the first to apply probeware to STEM learning over 25 years ago, and we've been hard at work developing and researching it ever since. We invented many important innovations such as the first-ever ultrasonic motion detector and fast-response temperature sensor, and our research has demonstrated the effectiveness of probeware to aid student learning across many grades and topics.

We continue our work in these areas through active projects that are

  • Making probes easier to use
  • Researching new ways probeware can support learning
  • Developing and testing new kinds of probes and sensors

We want it to be so easy and effective to use probes that they'll never make it back to your supply closet.

Our projects are working to help you do things like

  • Collect data directly from a Web browser with no setup
  • Customize and create probeware-based activities with a single click, and
  • Support probeware activities with seamless formative assessment.

But don't just take our word for it.

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