Pushing the boundaries of hands-on learning with the Logitech Reach

April 30, 2024

We are always on the look out for an awesome workspace camera setups for our virtual and in person classes. From homemade book stacks to gooseneck phone holders to a variety of document cameras, we've tried it!

Written by: Lavanya Jawaharlal, Co-Founder, STEM Center USA

When the pandemic hit in March 2020, STEM Center USA swiftly transitioned our hands-on STEM classes to a virtual format. This quick pivot proved challenging as we juggled navigating Zoom, instructing classes, using phone holders, and troubleshooting tech. Over the last four years, we experimented with various setups, from homemade book stacks to gooseneck phone holders to a variety of document cameras, aiming to find the ideal way to demonstrate physical experiments in virtual classrooms. However, we kept running into limitations as we experimented in search of the best set up. While gooseneck phone holders with a table clamp are still a staple we use, there are limitations. 

Recognizing the limitations of this approach and the tools that existed brings me to the main point of this post: the Logitech Reach, which we were lucky enough to receive for an early trial and has since raised over $600,000 on IndieGogo. In contrast to both low cost phone holders and various document cameras, the Logitech Reach stands out as a game-changer in the educational sector. This versatile solution not only streamlined our set up but also enhanced the quality and adaptability of our instructional delivery.

Let’s start with what comes in the box. For trial purposes we received the following components:

  • Logitech Reach
  • Base Mount
  • Clamp Mount
  • USB C extender

Logitech Reach Components (Trial Kit)

Setting up our Logitech Reach was straightforward. I opted to use the almost 5lb Base Mount for stability and since I could afford the table space. Plugging my Reach into the base and then connecting the USB C to my MacBook Pro epitomizes “plug and play.”

I used Zoom to run my virtual STEM Center class, and toggled between my Mac Camera and the Logitech Reach, which was running off QuickTime. My initial impression was immediately positive as I observed the quality of the Logitech Reach's camera - the Logitech StreamCam. Its 1080p/60 fps, autofocus, and ideal focal length complemented the adjusting movements of the Reach. I tried out the 180-degree tilting feature to point in various directions and appreciated the 360-degree rotation of the camera ring, addressing a longstanding issue in our gooseneck setups. (No more jerky and quick movements!) The Logitech Reach allowed easy adjustment of the direction or view of my item on the table, with the helpful yellow dot for quick orientation. Basically, the image was sharp, smooth, and easy to use - making both my classroom materials and me look great!

On the left, the Logitech Reach is facing towards me acting as my main camera. On the right, the Logitech Reach is facing down at the materials on the table. I used the Logitech Reach for two lessons - an Early STEM Kindergarten hands-on math lesson and a middle school circuits lesson. Here are the key features that stood out during my trials:

Horizontal Movement

  • Boasts an impressive almost 12-inch coverage for back and forth navigation
  • Delivers smooth, one-handed movement

Vertical Movement

  • Incorporates a multipoint push button, enabling precise upward and downward adjustments
  • Requires minimal force for controlled movement
  • Facilitates effortless zooming onto specific items (such as the circuit card in the photo/video)
  • Ensures quick autofocus, eliminating any noticeable lag.

Panoramic Capabilities

  • Offers 360-degree panning, providing a comprehensive view of the surroundings.
  • Allows easy rotation for versatile positioning, enhancing adaptability.

The price-point might be higher than the “make-shift” set-up and some overhead cameras, but the Logitech Reach is superior in its adjustability and technical aspects including camera quality. It also combines multiple functionalities into one product.

As Logitech develops this product further, I hope they might provide an educational discount for teachers, schools, and service providers to make learning even more accessible in line with technology’s advancements. I'm uncertain about the final Logitech Reach carrier design, but I recommend considering a cushioned and portable option for safe travel. Its compact design when disassembled assures me that the Logitech Reach would be an ideal companion for conferences and workshops nationwide.

Our team at STEM Center USA is excited about the prospect of integrating the Logitech Reach into our virtual classrooms, and leveraging its potential for tutorials and training sessions. If you're in search of a versatile webcam that doubles as an overhead camera, the Logitech Reach is worth checking out!

Using the Logitech Reach to demonstrate an addition exercise with Kinder-1st graders

Want to see it in action? Here's a video showcasing my hands-on experience with the Logitech Reach during a circuits lesson. I initially used both hands to try and do multiple movements at once. With more practice, I'm sure I can easily operate it one-handed.


I received an early trial of the Logitech Reach for review purposes. While I initially tested the product, I later returned it to Logitech. Please note that my opinions and experiences shared in this review are based on the time I spent with the product during the trial period. I want to clarify that I received no compensation for this review, and my feedback is unbiased. This disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's guidelines.

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