Google’s new Android application can record and measure your surroundings and after that helps you to transform that data into charts. The application called Science Journal, is intended to “bring out the scientist within every one of us” and encourage people, young and old, to think like scientists, as indicated by Chris DiBona, Google’s director of making and science, and open source.
The application gives users a chance to construct science projects using data gathered from a cell phone’s sensors, for example, the accelerometer, microphone and light sensors or by using sensors from other gadgets connected via Bluetooth to the cell phone.
Simply using the cell phone’s sensors, it offers a number of approaches to measuring acceleration, ambient light, and sound intensity. Users can record projects with the application, take notes, and add pictures to them to give additional context to observations.
An example of an inquiry Google recommends could be answered using the light sensor is the means by which to decide the best angle for a solar panel for ideal enlightenment.
The Android application is a piece of Google’s Making and Science Initiative, which plans to encourage more people to explore science. The application can be downloaded from Google Play Store through this link.
Third-party Activities and Kits That can be Used With The Science Journal
Google is also working with San Francisco’s Exploratorium to promote a number of third-party made activities and kits that can be used with the Science Journal application.
Exploratorium notes in a blog post that while it wants people to visit the museum and explore science there, it is competing for attention with cell phones. Its answer has been to work with Google to make the cell phone part of that experience. The kits include sensors, microcontrollers, and craft supplies. To support these things, Google has also released microcontroller firmware, so that data from an Arduino gadget’s pins can be sent to Science Journal.
Activities include lots of recommended tests using the phone’s sensors and also projects and guidelines for how to build them.