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Arduino Science Kit Physics Lab
The first official Arduino kit designed for scientific exploration for middle school teachers and students.
Developed in partnership with Google, the Arduino Science Kit Physics Lab is an Arduino-based physics lab, fully compatible with Google Science Journal available on Android. Click here for the Pirate Ship preview!
The Arduino Education Science Kit Physics Lab provides middle schoolers (ages 11 to 14) with a hands-on experience, enabling them to explore forces, motion, and conductivity with their classmates. Students can make their own hypothesis like a real scientist, then check their assumptions, and log data thanks to Google’s Science Journal app — a digital notebook for conducting and documenting science experiments using the unique capabilities of their own devices.
The kit, based on the Arduino MKR WiFi 1010, includes a range of sensors to measure light, temperature, motion, and magnetic fields; plus it comes with a set of props and full access to online course content for teachers and students to conduct nine exciting science projects inspired by popular fairground rides like the Gravitron and Pirate Ship. We recommend two students per kit.
Discover the potential of our Arduino Education Science Kit Physics Lab with the Pirate Ship project!
Experiment with nine exciting science projects based upon these fairground favourites:
Electromagnetism and Thermodynamics
ELECTRIC FORTUNE TELLER: Investigate resistivity, and voltage of different materials.
BUZZ WIRE: Steadiest hand wins! Build a conductive ‘maze’ and then try to avoid the buzzer as you guide the loop around your course.
HAUNTED HOUSE THEREMIN: Did you hear that? Make paranormal noise with a magnet.
THERMO MAGIC SHOW: It’s not magic, it’s science! Learn about how different materials conduct or insulate heat.
Kinetics and Kinematics
The DROP ZONE: Can you slide faster than your friends? Explore gravity and measure the acceleration of your Arduino board.
The GRAVITRON: Scream if you want to go faster! Learn about rotations per minute, circular motion, the force required to spin this ride, and the relationship to centrifugal forces.
The PIRATE SHIP: Captain the ship and test the oscillation of a pendulum.
The EJECTION SEAT: 3… 2… 1… Ignition! Make your board bounce to learn about harmonic motion.
The SPHEROTRON: Don’t get dizzy… Learn more about potential energy and motion.
The projects featured in the kit have been aligned with several National curricula including the Next Generation Science Standard (NGSS) for K-12, and the National UK Curriculum.
The Arduino Education Science Kit Physics Lab isn't confined to the classroom. In fact, students can use the kit outdoors to turn the playground into their very own fairground by applying the concepts they've learned to design and test their own rides.
With the Physics Lab, no prior electronics knowledge is required. Students simply upload their sketch onto an Arduino board using Arduino Create for Chromebook, connect their Android mobile device to the board, build their project, and then use the onboard sensor and plug-and-play modules to simulate the rides’ dynamics. Data is transmitted from the experiment to the student's mobile device via Bluetooth, where they can analyse and record their results in Google’s Science Journal App or worksheets.
Everything comes in a handy storage box for future use, with all the necessary parts to assemble and conduct experiments. The kit features a range of sensors to measure light, temperature, motion, magnetic fields, and most importantly, full access to online course content for teachers and students alike. You’ll just need to provide a few essential classroom supplies (pencils, rulers, etc.) and a LiPo battery (min. 1024mA) (not included).
Everything comes in a handy storage box for future use, with all the necessary parts to assemble and conduct experiments. The kit features a range of sensors to measure light, temperature, motion, magnetic fields, and most importantly, full access to online course content for teachers and students alike. You’ll just need to provide a few essential classroom supplies (pencils, rulers, etc.) and a LiPo battery or a Power bank (min. 1024mA).
If you own a Chromebook you’ll get a free month on Create for Chrome OS.
Access code to exclusive online course content and teachers’ guidance notes and students’ worksheets.
What is included in the Kit?
Arduino MKR WiFi 1010
Science carrier board
Two silicone standoffs
Flat micro USB cable
Light sensor module with grove connector
Temperature sensor module with grove connector
Two 20cm grove cables - universal 4-pin connector
Two 50cm and two 20cm double-ended cables: crocodile clip/banana plug
Hook-and-loop Velcro™ strap
Hook-and-loop Velcro™ dot
Two PCB sticks
Mini slinky metal spring
Eight M3 screws
Eight M3 bolts
Four rubber bands
Four small silicone gaskets
Two big silicone gaskets
Software platform for educators with a teacher guide and printable student worksheets
Software platform for students with a detailed glossary, tutorial section, building instructions, worksheets, and nine hands-on physics experiments, including:
Electromagnetism and thermodynamics
ELECTRIC FORTUNE TELLER: Investigate resistivity and voltage of different materials
BUZZ WIRE: Steadiest hand wins! Build a conductive ‘maze’ and then try to avoid the buzzer as you guide the loop around your course
HAUNTED HOUSE THEREMIN: Did you hear that? Make a paranormal noise with a magnet
THERMO MAGIC SHOW: It’s not magic, it’s science! Learn how different materials conduct or insulate heat
Kinetics and kinematics
The DROP ZONE: Can you slide faster than your friends? Explore gravity and measure the acceleration of your Arduino board
The GRAVITRON: Scream if you want to go faster! Learn about rotations per minute, circular motion, the force required to spin this ride, and the relationship to centrifugal forces
The PIRATE SHIP: Captain the ship and test the oscillation of a pendulum
The EJECTION SEAT: 3… 2… 1… Ignition! Make your board bounce to learn about harmonic motion
The SPHEROTRON: Don’t get dizzy… Learn more about potential energy and motion
Arduino System Requirements:
USB port / Windows XP or higher / Mac OS X 10.5 or higher / Linux / Chrome OS 38 or higher
Science Journal app System Requirements:
Android OS 5 or higher / Chrome OS System supporting Android Apps
Q: Is the kit sold worldwide?
A: Yes, the kit is sold worldwide. Go to: https://store.arduino.cc/physics-lab to purchase your kit.
Q: Do I have to be an educator to buy from your site?
A: No, you can purchase an Arduino Science Kit also if you’re not an educator. Go to: https://store.arduino.cc/physics-lab to purchase your kit.
Q: Can I use my existing Arduino ID to shop on your website?
A: Yes, you can use your existing Arduino ID.
Q: What’s included in a kit?
A: The Arduino Education Science Kit Physics Lab comes in a handy storage box for later use, along with an Arduino MKR WiFi 1010 and all the parts needed to assemble and carry out the experiments. You will only need to add some easy-to-find household items to keep experimenting, and an Android mobile device to log your data. You will have full access to our exclusive online content platform, and you’ll be entitled to a free month on Arduino Create.
Q: What languages are available?
A: Arduino Science Kit is currently available in English. More translations will be available soon.
Q: Where can I find building instructions for my Arduino Science Kit?
A: Each Arduino Science Kit includes exclusive access to online educational materials. Go to https://create.arduino.cc/science-kit/register-code to enter your unique access code and get started..
Q: Does my kit needs batteries?
A: Yes, the Arduino Science Kit requires the use of external source power You may want to use a portable power bank (like the one used for charging your phone or tablet) or a Li-Po battery with JST connector to run motion-based experiments.
Q: What grade level are your materials appropriate for?
A: The Arduino Science Kit Physics Lab is the first Arduino Kit designed for middle school students aged 11 to 14. School grades 6 to 8.
Q: This kit is intended for whom?
A: This kit has been designed specifically for Science and Physics teachers interested in bringing an inquiry-based and hands-on approach to their classroom. The kit is currently aligned with the NGSS Standards, and UK National Science Curriculum.
Arduino Science Kit enables learners to think critically, solve problems, and get them acquainted with data analysis thanks to the integration with Google’s Science Journal app.
Each experiment is carefully documented, but it also provides students with some additional resources to keep experimenting further. Students can take ownership over their learning process, ensuring inclusivity in the classroom.
Q: What are the minimum requirements in the classroom?
A: Arduino System Requirements: USB port / Windows XP or higher / Mac OS X 10.5 or higher / Linux / Chrome OS 38 or higher.
Science Journal app System Requirements: Android OS 5 or higher / Chrome OS System supporting Android Apps.
You will also need a working internet connection.
Q: Is the Arduino board integration on Google’s Science Journal app compatible also with iOS devices?
A: Not yet. The Arduino integration is currently available on Android OS devices only. However you will be able to use Science Journal with your iOS device.
Q: Is this kit compatible with Chrome OS?
A: Yes. You can access the online content platform from your Chromebook or Chromebox. If you own a Chrome OS System supporting Android Apps you will also be able to run Science Journal from your Chromebook.
Q: Do I need any prior experience with coding?
A: No, you don’t need any prior coding experience. The Arduino MKR WiFi 1010 is pre-loaded with a sketch to run your experiments straight out-of-the-box! You think about Science, we’ll do the rest.
Q: How many students can be enrolled with a kit?
A: Arduino Science Kit is ideally suitable for 2 students.
Q: How many lessons are included in the kit?
A: The kit includes access to: a getting started guide, 9 hands-on physics experiments, a teachers’ guide, printable students worksheets, and a detailed glossary.
Q: How long does a lesson last?
A: The hands-on experiments are approximately 30-45 minutes long. You may want to allocate some additional time for results analysis and discussion in a follow-up class.
Q: What concepts are covered?
A: We have worked with educators and subject experts to select activities related to these main areas: electromagnetism & thermodynamics, and kinetics & kinematics. All activities included in the kit have been created to explain the physics behind amusement park rides.
Q: Do I need to follow the activities’ in the order provided?
A: No, you don’t. These activities can be run independently, however we recommend you get acquainted to the kit with the ‘Getting Started’ first.
Q: Do I need to solder?
A: No, you don’t. This kit includes plug-and-play modules or banana plug leads. No wiring, breadboards, nor soldering is required.
Q: Can I use this kit in my STEM after-school club?
A: Sure! This kit can be used in both formal and informal education settings.
Q: Are you planning to release the kit in different languages?
A: Yes, more translations will be available soon.
Q: Are you planning to align the kit with other national curricula?
A: Yes, more national curricula alignments will be available as more languages will be released.
Q: Is this kit compatible with Google Classroom?
A: Yes, this kit is compatible with Google Classroom. You can share the activities using the Classroom’s button.
Q: Is the teacher guide visible to my students?
A: No, the teacher section is only visible to the teacher. Students can only access the tutorial section, building instructions and download the worksheets.
Q: How can I obtain replacement parts?
A: Replacement parts will be available for purchase on Arduino Store.
Q: My board is not working, who should I contact?
A: For technical enquiries, drop an email to email@example.com
Q: My kit is missing a part and I cannot perform the experiments. What do I do?
A: No worries, we’re here to support you! Contact us dropping an email to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Q: I am having issues with the Science Journal app. What do I do?
A: Visit Google’s Science Journal forum: https://support.google.com/sciencejournal/community?hl=en .
Q: Can I re-program my Arduino MKR WiFi 1010 board?
A: Of course you can! The MKR WiFi 1010 included in the kit is like any other regular Arduino Board that you can use for many great projects. Learn more about the tech specs of this board on the product page: https://store.arduino.cc/mkr-wifi-1010
Q: I have uploaded another Sketch onto my board. How can I retrieve the original sketch to run my experiments?
A: You can retrieve your sketch by going to the Arduino Code page of your e-learning platform.
Q: I am not familiar with electronics. Can I delete the sketch by mistake?
A: No, one of the advantages of getting a pre-loaded board, is not to worry about deleting a sketch. You’ll only have to think about Science! Your sketch will still be there, also if you click the reset button by mistake. One click will reboot your board, just wait a few seconds for the sketch to restart. If you click twice you will enter the bootloader mode, which is used to reprogram the board from scratch. You won’t be able to reprogram the board unless you actually do so using the Arduino IDE, overwriting the program with a new one. To go back to your working sketch press the reset button a third time, you will be able to go back to your Science Kit sketch.
Q: If I have a suggestion for a product or product improvement, who should I contact?
A: Your feedback are important! You can drop an email to: email@example.com for detailed feedback on your overall experience with the Arduino Science Kit.
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