Tektronix donates oscilloscope to school's science department

Beaverton High School students will use a recently donated oscilloscope from Tektronix to study, among other things, hand-held heart-monitoring devices and the effects of cell phones on living organisms.

Beaverton-based Tektronix, Inc. donated a TDS1000B Series oscilloscope to the school for science, physics and engineering students to use to complete advanced research projects and general lab work.

A speciality instrument by the Beaverton-based Tektronix, the 100 MHz two-channel oscilloscope is an electronic test instrument used to observe constantly varying signal voltages.

“Science research is one of many outreach and extension activities offered by Beaverton high school, and we are very fortunate to have the support of companies like Tektronix in helping to make these programs possible,” said Mike Blok, chairman of the school's science department. “Every year students do independent research for local science expos. Many of our students then qualify for state science fairs. Beaverton High School is proud to have an International Science and Engineering Fair finalist for three years running.”

For this year's competition, one student is working with an EKG-type device that will record, monitor and send messages with a handheld portable heart-monitoring device they have constructed. The donated oscilloscope will be used to assist with signal generation and monitoring electronic distortion and data collection, allowing students to test the device and help with the “tweaking” of normal vs. anomalies in the EKG readouts.

Another group of students will use the instrument to examine impacts of cell phones on tissue and living organisms while learning about frequencies and potential cell phone irradiation. In addition to research, freshman physics and advanced placement physics courses will incorporate oscilloscope demonstrations into lab and coursework.

“Science and technology education is vital to giving students at all levels the knowledge and skills they need to be successful in an increasingly competitive market,” said Dave Farrell, Tektronix' general manager of Mainstream Oscilloscopes. “Through donations such as this to high schools, colleges and universities as well as other community programs, Tektronix is showing its commitment to supporting science education and encouraging students to pursue careers in electronics engineering and other disciplines.”

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