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From Modest Beginnings to Global Leader in Science Education

ROSEVILLE, Calif., May 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Inching toward its 50th anniversary this year, PASCO scientific continues its zest for innovation-the company's hallmark since founder and president Paul Stokstad began developing products for teaching science from the garage of his parents' Lafayette, California home in the summer of 1964.

Today, PASCO technologies are central to 21st century science education programs that expose K-12 through university students to inquiry-based learning and the tools of modern science. In fact, it's fair to say that hands-on, inquiry-based science is built into PASCO's DNA.

"The genesis for the company was my high school science fair project-a Millikan Oil Drop Experiment," said Stokstad. "As a freshman at Dartmouth and with the help of the physics department and the student machine shop, we redesigned a Millikan that could be manufactured and sold and that allowed a student to measure the charge of an electron in one lab period. From that point on PASCO has been about developing inquiry-based products that provide educators with innovative ways to teach science and engage students in active learning."

Starting with optics and basic physics instrumentation, PASCO introduced products that make traditional experiments more quantitative, and labs that teachers only dreamed could be practical in their classrooms. For instance, PASCO's low-friction dynamics carts along with force and motion sensors allow students to not just study but to derive Newton's Laws.

PASCO's award-winning products include sensors that collect real-time data, software for data visualization and analysis, interactive lab activities, lab equipment, instructional content and assessment-many working together for a complete inquiry-based learning experience in all major science disciplines. All products are designed to help teachers prepare students to compete in a global, knowledge-based economy where skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) are highly valued. Today, teachers and students in more than 100 countries use PASCO solutions on Mac and Windows-based computers, Chromebook, iPad, and Android tablets.

As a champion of STEM education around the world, PASCO continues to innovate with new products and partners. The company's products have earned widespread industry recognition and dozens of awards. SPARKvue 2.0, PASCO's software for interactive visualization and data analysis, was named a 2014 SIIA CODiE Awards finalist in two categories: Best Educational App for a Mobile Device and Best Science/Health Instructional Solution. In 2012 PASCO won the Reader's Choice Award from readers of eSchool Media, who picked SPARKscience, PASCO's 21st Century Inquiry-based Science Learning Environment, as one of their top 50 products of the year.


PASCO scientific is a global leader in 21st century science education-designing, developing and supporting innovative teaching and learning solutions for K-12 and higher education for 50 years. Our team of former and current teachers, educational researchers, engineers and many others is committed to the advancement of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education around the world. Today teachers and students in more than 100 countries around the world use PASCO solutions. For more information, visit

PASCO, SPARKscience and SPARKvue are trademarks or registered trademarks of PASCO scientific. Mac and iPad are trademarks of Apple Computer, Inc. Windows is a registered trademark of Microsoft, Inc. Android and Chromebook are trademarks of Google, Inc. All other brands, products, or service names are or may be trademarks or service marks of, and are used to identify products or services of their respective owners.

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