The new app is meant to help kids – and adults as well – to explore more and get creative with the world around them. The tech giant, now running under the brand of Alphabet Inc., wants to turn your Android smartphone or tablet into a mini research lab that you can carry around in your pocket.
Science Journal is part of Google’s “Making & Science Initiative” and it can be downloaded for free from Google Play. The app uses the sensors that are already a part of your smartphone/tablet in unique ways.
More than helping users store observations and experimental data on their phones, the Science Journal can generate graphs and assist students in their scientific experiments in simpler and more creative ways.
The app taps into the device’s accelerometer, microphone, and light sensors, among others. It can measure sound volume – like how loud a sound is and compare it to other sounds – and make other similar comparisons for light intensity via the built-in ambient light sensor.
As they record other observations from the environment, users can also add notes to the projects, as well as photos for extra information. Google Science Journal can also help users with its capability of setting reminders for future data observations.
Following data input, the app “runs algorithms that auto-generate real-time graphs.” After that, the graphs can be used to make comparisons between two projects.
As part of its educational initiative, Google has also partnered with exploratorium.edu to support kids and students who want to kick-start their projects. The result of this partnership was “Getting Started” tabs that helped users during their experiments with sounds and lights.
Science Journal just goes to show how involved Google is in the education sector; at the same time, the app could help Google add educational customers to its portfolio.
Other projects, like Google’s Chromebooks, have already left their mark in high schools students due to their simplicity of function and operation.
Now that the Science Journal app is launched, a significant surge in the sale of Android smartphones and tablets among educational institutions can be expected.
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