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PocketLab 3D Printed Kits for Teaching NGSS

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Submitted by PocketLab on Thu, 08/23/2018 - 04:00

PocketLab science kits that you can 3D print

The PocketLab team has put together four PocketLab science kits that you can 3D print for free at home or in your classroom. These kits have been specifically engineered to work with your PocketLab to collect interesting data while having a whole lot of fun. If you're a teacher, these kits are great tools to use alongside your PocketLab to help teach NGSS aligned activities.  

PocketLab HotRod

The PocketLab HotRod zooms through classic investigations on force and motion. It measures position, velocity, acceleration, rotation, force, magnetism, and more. The brains of the HotRod is a PocketLab Voyager, which means its a genius car. With a Voyager and a HotRod, you can teach nearly every Physical Science NGSS standard. The PocketLab HotRod can be purchased fully printed, in a bundle with a PocketLab Voyager if you don't want to 3D print your own.  

PocketLab HotRod, 7 sensors, 15 functions, including an infrared rangefinder

What you need to 3D print your own PocketLab HotRod:

  1. 3D Printer File Downloads for PocketLab HotRod.
  2. Order hardware/non 3D printed  parts from PocketLab store or other vendor.
  3. Print your HotRod and follow these assembly instructions.


Preview of 3D Printer files for PocketLab HotRod

Example PocketLab HotRod Activity: Design the most effective bumper

  • Step 1: Test the two PocketLab HotRod bumpers included in the files to see which is better at reducing the force of a collision. 
  • Step 2: Use your observations and collected data to inform your design decisions about your own 3D printed bumper. 
  • Step 3: Print. Test. Redesign. Print. Test.
  • Step 4: Draw conclusions about bumper design using concepts in Newtons Laws, momentum, impulse, and structural design. 


PocketLab Double Pendulum

Sit back and watch the chaos unfold in unpredictable movement. Your PocketLab sits at the bottom as the "bob" of the lower arm and measures acceleration and angular velocity. While mesmerizing to watch, you'll collect complex data sets for analysis and interpretation practices. 
The PocketLab Double Pendulum's motion is chaotic and mesmerizing.


What you need to 3D print your own PocketLab Double Pendulum: 

Preview of 3D Printer files for PocketLab Double Pendulum

  1. 3D Printer File Downloads for PocketLab Double Pendulum.
  2. Order non 3D printed parts/hardware from the PocketLab store or other vendor.
  3. Print your double pendulum and follow these assembly instructions


PocketLab Hot Wheels Track Encoder

PocketLab HotWheels Track Encoder uses magnets as gate timers.

Use 3D printed Hot Wheels track connectors to encode your Hot Wheels track with magnets. Then, strap your PocketLab to your Hot Wheels car and find its speed at different points using the magnetometer. This project will take inject some fun and excitement into NGSS practices like Analyzing and Interpreting Data and force and motion disciplinary core ideas. Our friends at Arbor Scientific recently did a write up in their CoolStuff Newsletter that used the PocketLab Hot Wheels set up. Check it out here.

What you need to 3D print your own PocketLab Hot Wheels Encoder:
Preview of 3D Printer files for PocketLab HotWheels Track Encoder

  1. 3D Printer File Downloads for PocketLab Hot Wheels Track Encoder.
  2. Follow these instructions for set up and lesson plan ideas.


PocketLab Shake Table

PocketLab Shake Table with 3D printed buildings of Atlanta skyline.

Print springs to assemble a DIY shake table to model Earthquakes. As a teacher, your students can tackle NGSS Earth Science and engineering standards with this project. Your PocketLab's accelerometer acts as a seismometer to give you real time data on model Earthquakes. As an extension, engineer different building designs and test their strength during tremors. 

What you need to 3D print your own PocketLab Shake Table:

Preview of 3D Printer files for PocketLab Shake Table

  1. 3D Printer File Download for Shake Table Spring
  2. Parts list and assembly instructions for shake table

Adjustable Bob Pendulum (No PocketLab Required)
Adjustable Bob Pendulum

This 3D printed model demonstrates the physics of a simple pendulum that consists of a mass, m, hanging from an arm of length, L, and fixed at a pivot point, P. You can move the mass along the length of the arm to change the center of mass of the pendulum. If you displace the pendulum from equilibrium to an initial angle, θ, and release, the motion will be regular and repeat. This is an example of periodic motion also called simple harmonic motion. Click here for a more detailed write-up on this pendulum. 

What you need to 3D print your own Adjustable Bob Pendulum

Pendulum Assembly Pendulum gif

  1. 3D Printer File Download for Adjustable Bob Pendulum
  2. Parts list and assembly instructions for Adjustable Bob Pendulum
Double Pendulum 3D Printed Kit

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