Learners can us any TI-83/84 family calculator to put math and science into action. The most dramatic calculator-controlled Math Machine is the SAM (Science And Math) robot shown above, but there are several others as well. Either a CBL2 or Vernier LabPro interface is also required.

TI Basic control programs are free, as are instructions for building your own calculator-controlled machines.

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Click here for a video from one of our workshops in which teachers built and learned to use their own SAM robots.

 

The Function Plane links the "abstract" mathematics of equations and graphs directly to the real world of dynamic functional relationships. Students use a Windows computer to put math and science into motion. The Function Plane operates a wide variety of low-cost objects and the context can be changed at will by inserting a different sheet of 8.5 X 11 inch paper or a different transparent overlay. Either a Vernier SensorDAQ or National Instrument myDAQ interface is required.

Control software is free, as are instructions for building your own Function Plane.

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or
videos of "Control a Laser," "Earthquake Simulator," "Penny Pitcher," or "Pig or Bacon"

 

The RGB Color Mixer allows students to use a Windows computer to create dynamic color displays. The display can be a ping-pong ball mounted over a 3-color (red, green, blue) LED, but most activities can be done using only a standard computer monitor for the output.

Control software is available here for free download.

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or
a video of "Functions in Color"