Google has developed a new app named Science Journal to bring out the hidden scientists in users. Users can record data such as speed, light and sound from the world around them and then later plot that data on graphs. They can annotate the data with notes and photos and compare it with past measurements.
“Science Journal is a tool for doing science with your smartphone. You can use the sensors in your phone or connect to external sensors to conduct experiments on the world around you…. It’s the lab notebook you always have with you,” Google said in a press release.
Google did not specify any age as its target audience and said anyone can be a maker or a scientist. Google says the app could seem boring to some engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab in California as it’s not built for them. Engaging the curious public is the purpose of this app, the Internet firm states.
In a blog post, the Director of Google’s Making and Science Initiative, Chris DiBona, said the company believes that anyone can be a maker. He said that science is also fundamentally about improving the world around you and is not just limited to listening to lectures, memorizing facts or wearing a lab coat.
“It’s observing the world around us to figure out how it works and how we can make things better through experimentation or discovery,” DiBona said.
To promote the app, Google used the hypothesis, “How does my acceleration change as I run?” The screenshots of the app feature accelerometer data from users’ multiple trials.