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Science Toolkit - Apple II, 1985 Object Reg. No: HT 13656

The Science Toolkit master module provides hardware and software to turn an Apple II computer into a research lab enabling measurements to be made of temperature, light, time and other phenomena.

The Science Toolkit provided the means of making various physical measurements and is a very early example of the use of computers for making measurements and doing calculations with those measurements. It was widely used in education, and similar systems have become indispensable tools in education and industry (2007).

This item is part of a representative collection of hardware, software, trade literature and promotional material that documents the history of the Apple company, and its contribution to, and impact on the computer industry and society.
Science Toolkit, Master module by Broderbund Software consisting of

User's Manual & Experiment Guide
Science Toolkit interface box
Thermistor probe
Photocell probe
5.25 inch floppy disk
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Barrie Heard, 2006
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 50 mm (Height), 180 mm (Width), 235 mm (Length)

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Tagged with: communications, computer software, computers, computing, data collection systems, environmental monitoring, volumetric measures
Themes this item is part of: Internet Macintosh User Group (iMug) Collection, The Apple Computer Story - Corporate Rise 1977-1983, Information & Communication Collection, Sustainable Futures Collection
Primary Classification: COMPUTING & CALCULATING
Secondary Classification: Digital Computing
Tertiary Classification: input
Inscriptions: Inscription on box:
Science Toolkit, Master module turn an Apple II computer into a sophisticated research lab. Use authentic equipment and software instruments to unlock the mysteries of the world around you.
By Scott Shumway & Lauren Elliott
Broderbund Software
17 Paul Drive
San Rafael CA 94903-2101
Manufacturer: Brøderbund Software, United States of America, 1985

Brøderbund Software was an American maker of computer games, educational software and The Print Shop productivity tools. It was best known as the original creator and publisher of the popular Carmen Sandiego games. The company was founded in Eugene, Oregon, but moved to San Rafael, California, and later to Novato, California. Brøderbund was purchased by The Learning Company in 1998.
References: (accessed 13 August 2008)


Steven Posted on 11 Apr 2015 1:41 PM
I remember this title was quite expensive at the time (no doubt due to the hardware being included in the box as well as the software). The Science Toolkit black interface box would plug into the Apple // joystick port, allowing for a convenient way to attach the sensors. The joystick port was for the most part the only reasonable way for Apple //c users to be able to connect any input sensors to the outside world. The termistor probe was encased in black plastic and was perhaps 2cm long and the thickness of a pencil (looking a little bit like one of those chocolate licorice bullet lollies). The photocell was attached to a plastic base, again made of black plastic, allowing you to point the sensor as though it were a wand.

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