Google's new education app looks to turn your Android device into an easy-to-use, handheld science lab.
(CCM) — Dubbed Science Journal, Google's new app uses your phone's sensors to grab data for a variety of experiments and record them in a digital notebook. Users can record their projects with the app, take notes, and add images to their recorded observations. The app works as a data logger that can record measurements via the device's microphone, ambient light sensor, gyroscope, or accelerometer, and can also use other sensors or devices connected via Bluetooth to the smartphone. To boost what Science Journal can do, Google has partnered with San Francisco's Exploratorium to develop external hands-on activity kits. These kits are available for purchase in the U.S. and include sensors, microcontrollers, and craft supplies to help inspire scientific experiments.
"Though we love seeing visitors on our museum floor exploring everything from sound to speed to color, what we love even more is inspiring a world of curious learners," said Exploratorium in a blog post on the new Android app. "We're excited about making hands-on exploration accessible to people in a place where they already are—their mobile devices. Every time you have a mobile device in your hand is an opportunity to ask questions about the world around you. We hope you'll take it." Google said that it plans to open source the Android app later this summer, but did not mention any plans to release an iOS version of Science Journal. The app is available now on the Google Play Store.
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