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Atlas Scientific produce a range of embedded scientific equipment, electrochemical sensors and electronic components that can be used in biology, chemistry and electronics projects.

Atlas Scientific's high quality electrochemical and environmental sensors are of scientific grade but affordable for hobbyists and educators. They produce a range of environmental monitoring equipment technologies that would have, up until recently, been totally out of reach for non-scientists without significant funding.
 
The all-encompassing range includes embedded scientific equipment, such as data loggers and liquid flow meters, chemical sensors, electronic components, such as circuit boards and rapid development shields for Arduino boards and Raspberry Pi microcomputers, kits, such as pH sensors and conductivity packs, and software to allow an easy interface with Atlas Scientific components. They have recently added 3D printer designs to their range, allowing you to create holders and other pieces that can incorporate sensors if you have a 3D printer.
 
Atlas Scientific's hardware and electronic components are of particular interest to educators, students and hobbyists who wish to incorporate environmental sensors into computing or electronics projects. Their embedded scientific equipment, including pH circuits, dissolved oxygen circuits and power monitors, can be easily incorporated into these complex projects that are controlled by Arduino boards or Raspberry Pi microcomputers.
 
The kits even come with all the necessary code for their components to be used in this way. Atlas also produces Rapid Development Shields for Arduino and Raspberry Pi, which can be used for debugging and testing some components of Atlas' equipment, such as pH circuits and temperature sensors.
 
Atlas Scientific's sensors and circuits provide exciting opportunities for electronics projects that include environmental data, giving students insight into the interface between technology and the biological and chemical sciences.
Sparkfun Product Showcase: Atlas Scientific
In a Sparkfun interview and product showcase, Jordan Press (CEO of Atlas Scientific) explains the motivation behind the company and demonstrates how some of their sensors work.
Atlas Scientific Official Site
This is the official site of Atlas Scientific, where you can view their products, download necessary code and instructions, and contact Atlas Scientific for technical support.
Atlas Scientific Tech Support
Atlas Scientific's tech support page addresses some FAQs about using and installing their sensors and circuits.
Atlas Desktop Beta
Atlas Scientific have their own software, called Atlas Desktop, which creates a simple interface between the user and Atlas Scientific sensors. It is currently awaiting an update, but this is the page that will allow you to download a free (beta) version of Atlas Desktop when it becomes available again.
Atlas Scientific 3D Printer Designs
If you have a 3D printer, you can create pieces of equipment to use with Atlas Scientific sensors and probes using these downloadable designs.
Atlas Scientific ENV-TMP-D
This video introduces Atlas Scientific's temperature sensor, the ENV-TMP-D, which comprises a digital output temperature sensor with an onboard data logger. The video shows the sensor being tested under a variety of harsh environmental conditions.
Atlas Scientific - Proper Debugging
This useful video from Atlas Scientific explains the importance of proper debugging of its sensor circuits, and demonstrates how to carry out debugging using an Arduino micro-controller.
Atlas Scientific - ENV-32X Embedded Flash Memory Data Logger
Atlas Scientific's informative video introduces the capabilities and uses of their embedded flash memory data logger, and explains why it is ideal for data logging in environmental monitoring.
pH Circuit
Using the downloadable wiring diagrams, sample code and instructions provided by Atlas Scientific at the bottom of this page, you can learn how to connect a pH circuit (incorporating a pH sensor) to a micro-controller as a foundation for more complex projects.
Complete Water Monitoring Kit
This page from Atlas Scientific describes their complete water monitoring kit, but also provides a list of components which you can obtain separately, and has downloadable diagrams, instructions and sample code for creating a water monitoring station using either an Arduino or a Raspberry Pi as a controlling interface.
Graph Dissolved Oxygen in Real Time with Plotly + Atlas Scientific
This interesting Instructables project uses Plotly data visualisation software in conjunction with Atlas Scientific Sensors and a Raspberry Pi to provide a graph of dissolved oxygen in real time.
Water Sensor Node
This post from the "bitknitting" blog explains in detail how to use Atlas Scientific kits and an Arduino board to create a water sensor node that will measure properties of water such as pH, temperature and electrical conductivity, which are important considerations in water used to grow plants.
Aquaponics Project
Learn how to create a functioning aquaponic ecosystem for fish and plants using an Arduino and an Atlas Scientific pH sensor kit.
Air Quality Monitoring
Although this project uses different sensors to the ones produced by Atlas Scientific, it provides guidelines for an interesting intermediate level air monitoring project employing an Arduino and environmental sensors.
Airpi
The Airpi is a project created by Spanish high school students. Using a Raspberry Pi and a series of environmental sensors, it records and uploads data on air temperature, humidity, carbon monoxide levels and a host of other factors to the internet.
Got iGeigie? Radiation monitoring Meets Grassroots Mapping
This fascinating article by Emily Gertz for Onearth magazine describes the development of ordinary citizens measuring radiation levels in Japan following the Fukushima nuclear meltdown, using improvised devices that employ micro-controllers, apps and affordable sensors.
ManyLabs Arduino: Bringing Affordable Environmental Sensors into Classrooms
At the 2012 San Francisco Maker Faire, Peter Sand of ManyLabs demonstrates how environmental sensors can be used to teach hands-on science in classrooms.
10 Environmental Sensors that Go Along With You
This interesting article from Treehugger.com documents the growing availability of small, portable environmental sensors that can be use to measure aspects of the user's environment such as air quality and radiation, and provide feedback in real time.
Environmental Sensor Journalism: The Start
Simple environmental sensor systems are being used by environmental journalists to report on issues such as air and water pollution in countries where reliable official data is patchy or unavailable.
Urban Sensor Hacks #1: Opening Session with Alasdair Allen
This introductory session from the Urban Sensor Hack Maker Sessions explains the power of affordable environmental sensors, which are allowing ordinary people to monitor the quality of their environment.
Air Quality Egg Project
This crowd-funded project aims to involve ordinary citizens in measuring air quality in the places they live, by providing instructions and help to build their own air quality monitoring stations using simple sensors.
Arduino Dissolved Oxygen SensorICT Pangasinan 2012
In a great initiative to reduce fish kills, this project uses an Arduino and an Atlas Scientific sensor to assess dissolved oxygen levels and automatically trigger the aerators that increase dissolved oxygen in the water.
Environmental Monitoring with Arduino: Building Simple Devices to Collect Data About the World Around Us. By Emily Gertz and Patrick Di Justo
This useful guide, available in both paperback and E-book versions, builds on the experience of two journalists and technologists. It is a project-focused guide that is suitable for beginners, which explains some ways to use Arduino and environmental sensors for environmental monitoring projects.
Beginning Sensor Networks with Arduino and Raspberry Pi. By Charles Bell
This beginner's guide explains different types of sensors and sensor networks, and how to get started with sensor networks using Arduino and Raspberry Pi. Also available in E-book.
Atlas Scientific Youtube Channel
Atlas Scientific's Youtube channel introduces a selection of their products, demonstrates how they can be used, and shows them being tested under different conditions.
Arduino Sensors Forum
Arduino's sensors forum is dedicated to discussing different ways to use sensors with Arduino boards, including troubleshooting and creative ideas.
Raspberry Pi Sensors page
The Raspberry pi blog has a collection of links to various projects that involve the Raspberry Pi and sensors, including water quality sensors like the ones produced by Atlas Scientific.
Envirothon 2016
Envirothon is a five-day competition for high school students that tests teams on various aspects of ecological and environmental knowledge and creativity. The 2016 competition focuses on invasive species, and includes environmental monitoring among its key aspects. July 24-July 29, 2016 Ontario, Canada
Lexus Eco Challenge
The Lexus Eco Challenge is a contest for students in grades 6-12 aiming to produce projects to improve our land, water, air and climate. Entries due in October and December 2016. Nationwide
World Environmental Education Congress
With the theme “Culturenvironment: Weaving new connections”, this international environmental education conference takes place in Vancouver, Canada, and promises a world-class line-up of speakers and events related to environmental issues and sustainable development in education. September 9-September 11, 2016.
2016 Global Conference on Educational Robotics
The Global Conference on Educational Robotics is for students, educators, technologists and everyone who is interested in the potential uses of robotics in STEM education. The conference also includes three robotics tournaments. Robotics projects often incorporate sensors like those produced by Atlas Scientific and use Arduino boards or Raspberry P...
Atlas Scientific Super-EZ-Com code
This is code provided by Atlas Scientific which should be used for troubleshooting, when the sample code provided with each specific component doesn’t work.