Forever keeping up with the demands of every day life and learning, Google Apps for Education has expanded its Making & Science Initiative by introducing the Science Journal app! An innovative and interactive digital science notebook designed to assist in logging scientific data, the recently released Science Journal enables the user to record data using Android phone sensors or an Arduino microcontroller.
Articulate in practicality, Science Journal allows users to organize and visualize their results with the free app; essentially, it’s a digital lab notebook on your smartphone.
Users are now equipped to digitally log simple scientific findings, record notes, interpret experimental data and predict results based on current data. Science Journal makes it possible to chart scientific observations on your phone such as speed, acceleration, decibel levels, ambient light, etc.
How does it work, you ask?
Science Journal utilizes Android sensors such as the accelerometer, microphone, and light sensors to record and track incoming data. (You may also use an Arduino microcontroller if you don’t have an Android device.) Use the features to design trials, create future experiments and plan science projects within the app. Real-time data tracking organizes all incoming information, making it instantly feasible to visualize each aspect of the experiment and adjust variables, as necessary.
Google recently paired up with the Exploratorium in San Francisco in an effort to supply inexpensive sensors, parts and microcontrollers that can be assembled at home or in the classroom. Enabling students to expand their knowledge through hands-on learning, they are now able to apply their creations, in conjunction with Science Journal, to explore the wonderful world of science!