Thanks to an Apple grant, students at Holland’s East Middle School have received a US$20,000 science cart that includes eight wireless-equipped iBooks and nine different probe kits. The kits include microscopes and a variety of tools that measure factors such as conductivity and temperature, according to a Holland (Michigan) Sentinel article.
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The science cart will make it easier and faster for students to do scientific tests because they can be done on computers instead of by hand. “Previously, when students tested the temperature of evaporating alcohol, for example, the process tended to be tedious, as students had to not only take turns, but were required to record all data with stopwatches and draft paper,” the Holland Sentinel said.
As a requirement of the grant, East Middle School will share results and opinions on the project with Apple so the company can get a feel for the product’s future viability, the article adds. It was one of two schools in the U.S. to receive such a grant.