The time is rapidly coming to wrap up the school year, but that doesn’t mean things are settling down in Mrs. Kennedy’s AP Biology class. In fact, things are moving faster than ever. On Monday, March 5, the AP Biology class received a shipment of Spark data collection and graphing equipment from the Alabama Science in Motion Program and began a fairly advanced and high tech experiment. The Spark Equipment consists of a touch screen pad with oxygen and carbon dioxide sensors to measure the cell respiration rate of germinating peas. The peas are placed in a jar with holes for both sensors. Then the Spark equipment records the CO2 production and the O2 consumption in the jar by the pea seeds. The Spark even makes a digital interactive graph of the recorded data and allows students to control every aspect of the experiment. Innovative advances in science technology are making its way into schools and the outcome is very beneficial to the students. Technology makes learning easier and more interesting. It also saves time in the laboratory. Many science classes around the world, including Mrs. Kennedy’s AP Biology class, are becoming more productive thanks to the aid of technology. As technology advances, so does learning.
By Dalton Williams