Sensor data collection for class projects


Collect data with sensors for classroom exploration.

Involving students in the first step of the data collection process promotes engagement and interest.

It’s hard to collect accurate data in the real world. Students must learn to be aware of different variables that impact readings and to harness their critical thinking skills to troubleshoot often.

Raspberry Pi
Raspberry Pi is a small, microcomputer processor with an average cost of $25-$35. This simplistic device can be outfitted with different sensors, including those that measure temperature, moisture, humidity, and so much more.

Without a keyboard or monitor, the Raspberry Pi can be set up in any location in a classroom and take measurements of sensor data at requested intervals.

Once collected, data can be downloaded and used for analysis.

Hawkes is using these devices to set up several experiments to provide a live data feed for free use, and you can too!

Here are 3 ideas for experiments that we have in the works using Raspberry Pi:

1. Bamboo growth
Follow how quickly different bamboo plants are growing and what impacts their growth. You can also check out the cool sensor data PiPlanter is collecting, including soil humidity and ambient light, to create a clever irrigation device!

2. Air quality control
Track carbon monoxide emissions and see how the readings change as distance to humans varies.

3. Temperature
Assess temperature in different locations of the room. Watch out for variables such as air conditioning drafts, sunlight, and proximity to people and computers.



The impact of sensors and data collection in today’s world is covered in the NEW Discovering Statistics and Data text.

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2 videos to kill math intimidation

Students fear failure and, too often, math.

What are two things that can help?

1. A mastery-based approach to learning
The word “mastery” gets thrown around a lot, but it’s not just a word to us at Hawkes Learning; it’s the core of what we do.

This type of learning ensures students with different skill sets understand the same material by adapting to their needs and providing additional support for those who require more time.

A mastery-based program should set clear goals for students, hold them accountable for achievement, and reward them fully for success.

Discover why Hawkes’ approach works:

2 Videos to kill math intimidation - Hawkes' approach

2. Detailed, error-specific feedback
Most students don’t see that mistakes are learning opportunities rather than evidence of not being a “math person.”

The Explain Error tutorial diagnoses exactly where students went wrong on a problem. It explains specific errors and allows students to learn from their own mistakes in real time, answering the most important question: Why am I wrong?

Watch Explain Error in action:

2 Videos to kill math intimidation Explain Error

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One question that helps students critically think (and vote!)

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What’s your reasoning?

After critically thinking about their choices, Americans cast their votes today. (We hope!)

There’s a lot of misinformation out there. If students better understand sound arguments and reasoning, they can dissect the logic—or lack thereof—behind the daily barrage of candidates’ speeches, social media posts, videos, and commercials. Such abilities are important today more than ever.

With the right tools supporting your instruction, these skills are learned and refined in the composition classroom.

Hawkes Learning’s English Composition courseware and textbook include lessons on how to be a discerning reader and writer (and voter). Read a free sample from Chapter 5: Reading Critically.

Chapter 5: Reading Critically covers:

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5.2 Identifying the Main Idea and Supporting Details
5.3 Identifying Organizational Patterns
5.4 Purpose, Audience, and Tone
5.5 Recognizing Rhetorical Appeals
5.6 Analyzing Word Choice
5.7 Understanding the Basics of Logic
5.8 Recognizing Logical Fallacies
5.9 Evaluating Evidence
5.10 Analyzing Visuals

Like the sample? Get a free examination copy of English Composition (or English Composition with Integrated Review for accelerated learning and corequisite programs).


Reminder! Wyzant tutoring available for students

Wyzant 40 dollars free

As a reminder, Hawkes Learning has partnered with Wyzant’s tutoring service to give students another option for help.

Students who use Hawkes materials receive a FREE $40 voucher on their first lesson for one-to-one instruction with coupon code HAWKES40.

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Students can compare qualifications, hourly rates, and reviews to find the right expert for them.

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Collaborate with tutors in Wyzant’s free, browser-based online learning tool.

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Students only pay for the time they need. No subscriptions, no upfront payments. Just affordable results.

1.  Log in to your Hawkes student account at

2. Select your name in the top right corner to access the drop-down menu and select Live Tutoring.

3.  Follow the steps to create your free Wyzant account.

4.  When prompted, enter the code HAWKES40 to receive $40 off your first lesson.

You focus on teaching. Let us provide the data.

The new Discovering Statistics and Data text offers 36 (and counting!) real data sets for free download.

Data Set Obesity

The companion website to the new Discovering Statistics and Data textbook,, supplies updated and relevant data sets, instructions on computational technologies, and access to data visualization tools and websites.

These large data sets expose students to the kind of real-world data they will encounter in their future careers. With so many variables and data points included, students must learn to work the data and make meaning from all the information provided.

This free online resource from trusted sources shows how interesting exploring data can be. Students will learn to work with raw data and draw meaningful conclusions.

Exercises in the new Discovering Statistics and Data textbook refer to the data sets provided on this curated website.

Teaching a corequisite statistics course?
The new Discovering Statistics and Data + Integrated Review emphasizes the importance of data in today’s world and is designed to provide all developmental math content needed to support statistics learners.

Request a free exam copy here.


Stop Cheating on Calculus Homework

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2 Advantages of Homework Software

Learning math requires the repetition of solving problems until the concept is learned.

Consider two advantages of software over a traditional paper-and-pencil approach:

  1. Eliminate cheating by copying out of the back of the book.
    Software has the ability to provide students with their own unique homework assignments with algorithmically generated questions. This will completely eliminate the former methods of cheating on homework by copying out of the book or copying a neighbor’s paper.
  2. Provide unlimited practice for students.
    Software can give students unlimited practice problems and even practice testing options, whereas a textbook only contains a finite number of exercises and examples. Practice makes permanent.

Calc Book and ComputerHawkes Learning’s NEW Calculus with Early Transcendentals courseware provides learning modules with unlimited practice opportunities & unique, algorithmically generated questions.

Explore the learning modules for free today!