Classroom Equipment

The following equipment is available for classroom use either through PALS or our partners.


PALS Science Classroom Equipment:

The following equipment is available from PALS for classroom use. To check on the availability of the equipment, please complete the contact form on our “Contact Us” page or contact Tammy Johnnie at 719-337-1552 or rsvp@sciencehubs.org with the details of your request.

Kill a Watt EZ Electricity Monitor displays the power consumption of appliances from computers to washing machines. Simply plug the Monitor into a wall socket and then plug the appliance in to see how much it costs to use the appliance. The Monitor displays information on kilowatt-hours, voltage, current, and more. You can read more about this device on Wikipedia or see it in use on YouTube. PALS has eight units available for checkout.

SkyScout Personal Planetarium is an educational device to help users locate or identify celestial objects. The SkyScout operates from a 12-channel GPS receiver and has an internal database of 6000 stars, constellations and planets. There is an audio presentation on 200 celestial objects which can be heard by earphones or a small speaker that attaches to the SkyScout. The SkyScout also features a “Tonight’s Highlights” mode, leading the user through the night’s best objects. You can read more about this device on Wikipedia or see it in use on YouTube. PALS has one unit available for checkout.

Garmin EZ GPS Unit is a handheld, 12 channel GPS unit designed primarily for hiking. The Garmin EZ has the capability of creating, naming and storing 500 waypoints. With the Garmin Trackback feature, the user can reverse the track log and navigate to the starting point. Once moving, the Garmin EZ provides other data, such as speed, direction of movement, and time and distance to a destination. Each unit comes with an operating manual and it is also available online. Demos of the Garmin EZ are available on YouTube. PALS has eighteen units available for checkout. The Garmin EZ operates on two AA batteries that last approximately 22 hours. Users must provide their own batteries for classroom use. Garmin recommends that a battery be left in the unit to preserve calibration. Each unit will contain batteries at checkout and must be returned with batteries in place.


Check Out these resources from the AFA Chemistry Department:

Kits / Items – Each kit has enough materials (including consumables) for classroom use.

Contact Dr. Ron Furstenau (Ronald.Furstenau@usafa.edu) or Sandy Lamb (Sandra.Lamb.Ctr@usafa.edu) to check out these materials.

  • Electrical Circuits
  • Bungee Barbie
  • Chemical Reactions:  What is this Powder?
  • Controlling a Chemical Reaction
  • Chemical Reaction Mania
  • Alka Seltzer Rockets
  • Popsicle Stick Bridges
  • Spuds in Space (making a spacesuit for a potato)
  • Kits with element samples
  • Element information flash cards
  • Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometer (good for AP chem and forensics classes – see below for more information.)
  • Liquid nitrogen Dewar flask filled with liquid nitrogen, including face shield and cryogloves for handling.

In addition to the kits, Dr. Furstenau has presentations and hands-on workshops that he takes to schools, including…  [Please e-mail him directly at Ronald.Furstenau@usafa.edu.] 

  • Chemistry Magic Show (presentation)
  • Chemistry of Rockets (presentation)
  • Chemistry of Smells (presentation)
  • Mixtures and Solutions (presentation)
  • Fun with Dry Ice (hands-on workshop)
  • Polymers (hands-on workshop)
  • Chemistry of Food (hands-on workshop)

Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometer (FTIR) 

Attention AP Chemistry, Forensic Science, and other interested teachers: Expose your students to very modern chemical instrumentation and let them use it. The FTIR is an instrument that is used to obtain an infrared spectrum from the absorption or emission of a solid or liquid.  This instrument can be found in some crime scene labs to analyze the chemical make-up of unknown solids and liquids.  It can also be used to analysis the chemical make-up of unknown fibers.  Very easy to use.  See Ron’s letter (FTIR) for more information.

Interested Teachers – Please email: Ronald.Furstenau@usafa.edu and provide the following information:

  • Teacher’s Name
  • Name of school
  • Full Address of school
  • Teacher’s email
  • Teacher’s cell phone
  • Name and grade level of class(es) where the FTIR would be used and number of sections
  • Number of students
  • Time frame (Starting Date and for how long)

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