Getting kids excited about studying science is a worldwide concern. One of the biggest issues is making the study material more accessible for younger audiences. Kids today have shorter attention span than their parents, and sitting passively in a classroom studying complex equations is becoming more and more difficult for many students, especially in the Western world.
This is where “einstein” comes in – a new educational tool which can change the way science is taught in schools, as well as universities.
The einstein tablet has a 7-inch display (i24news was told that a larger 10-inch version is in the works), it uses an Android operating system (version 4.11) with a dual core processor, as well as eight internal sensors for measuring humidity, temperature, light, UV, sound, an accelerometer and GPS. A more basic version of the tablet only uses three sensors – a microphone, accelerometer and GPS. The platform can connect up to eight different external sensors from among as many as 60.
Among the other sensors are an EKG, a magnetic field sensor, a Geiger Muller sensor, blood pressure sensor, CO2 sensor and many more. All these sensors allow teachers to create interactive experiments which students can perform in class using special apps which are amongst the most intuitive communication methods children use on a daily basis. The experiments apps will also soon be part of a new “app store” of scientific experiments that can serve students and teachers around the world.
Although all sorts of scientific data loggers and stand alone sensors are available on the market and can be used for teaching scientific principles, the developers claim that there is no comprehensive solution on the market which provides both the hardware (i.e. the tablet), the app and a full range of sensors for performing experiments in a wide range of topics including biology, chemistry, physics, math, physiology, earth sciences and more.
Unlike many new technologies emanating from Israel in recent years, created by young entrepreneurs with lots of enthusiasm but relatively little experience, this one is the product of Fourier – a well established Israeli company in the field of education since the late 1980’s. Earlier this year Fourier’s tablet won first prize in the Digital Devices category at the 2014 Bett Awards – the world’s largest event for learning technologies, held annually in London.
Speaking to i24news, Dr. Eli Kalmanzon from Fourier explained that Einstein is already selling in over 60 countries, primarily to schools and universities, but the company is expanding its reach to the general public, allowing children and students to enjoy a new way of scientific learning experience at home.
Iddo Genuth is a technology reporter and editor, covering diverse topics ranging from medicine to mobile apps.
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