It's a New World
Introductory chemistry classes at the University of Idaho have been revolutionized. The agent of change is a new piece of equipment called LabQuest, and the generosity of a public/private partnership whose support has allowed us to be among the first universities in the world to put LabQuest in the hands of our students.
A technology improvement grant from the State Board of Education covered the cost of 100 of the devices, and the manufacturer, Vernier Software & Technology, donated additional instruments. It was enough to allow every student in a lab to work with the new piece of technology.
LabQuest is a data logger that accommodates a large variety of chemical sensors and quickly provides students with a wide range of data as they conduct experiments in the lab.
It’s the size of a hand-held calculator with all the functionality of a computer. In fact, laptop and desktop computers are now a thing of the past in the freshman chemistry labs.
“It’s a beautiful piece of equipment,” said Professor Ray von Wandruszka, chair of the Department of Chemistry. “Freshman chemistry students are doing experiments we could never do before.”
Introductory chemistry used to include timeconsuming experiments in basic chemistry.
With LabQuest, students quickly move past the basics and are able to conduct a whole new range of experiments.
The University of Idaho is committed to maintaining a leading position in chemistry education. LabQuest is an example of how we are always seeking the latest technological advances to aid our students in their laboratory experience, but often that requires private support.
Innovation changes lives, through technology and through inspired giving to the University.
"This small piece of equipment is a wonderful investment in science education, and in our students.
It opens our students to a much wider world of learning and possibilities.”