The sensor platform is a piece of hardware – something you can hold in your hand. It has a range of sensing tools and an on-board Raspberry Pi computer. (Super cute name for a super powerful little computer.)
The sensor platform is the brains of StarLAB. The sensors take in information about its surroundings, which students can see and interpret using the StarLAB software. The sensors measure things like temperature, the weather, which way is up and can take hi-res videos and photos. No coding knowledge is needed to get it up and running, but as your class gets across coding, they’ll see a world of possibility for using the sensor platform to measure what’s around them, and coding hardware to respond to it.
It has an OLED display, 5 LEDs, 4 input buttons, a joystick and a buzzer and loads more tech to explore. It is the hardware the students will learn to make do things, like make an LED blink.
It can be used straight out of the box by students with no coding knowledge to take real-time measurements, and can be used in general STEM projects to measure the environment and collect data.