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Vernier Engineering Contest

About this Award

Vernier Software & Technology is committed to helping educators develop the next generation of engineers and scientists. To show our support, Vernier will recognize three instructors, one middle school, one high school, and one college instructor, with the Vernier Engineering Award. This $5,500 award will be presented to instructors who are creatively using Vernier sensors to introduce engineering concepts or engineering practices. This may be in conjunction with Vernier’s Logger Pro software, NI LabVIEW software, LEGO NXT, VEX, or any other system incorporating Vernier sensors.

Award Prize

Each award will consist of $1,000 in cash, $3,000 in Vernier technology, and $1,500 toward expenses to attend either the 2015 NSTA STEM conference in Minneapolis, or the 2015 ASEE conference in Seattle. Three awards will be given – one for middle school, one for high school, and one for college.


Current instructors of engineering or STEM subjects in middle school, high school, or college are eligible to apply. Applicants must be using Vernier sensors in their classroom instruction.


Applications will be judged on innovative ideas, engineering objectives, and the ease for others to replicate the project. Middle school and high school applicants will specifically need to explain how the project addresses the engineering practices called for in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). A panel of judges comprised of educational professionals from Vernier Software & Technology will score applications.


Applications are accepted through January 15, 2015. Winners will receive notification via email and will be announced March 5, 2015, on the Vernier website and Facebook page.

Terms and Conditions

Instructors at eligible institutions may submit up to three entries. To be eligible, your institution must be properly accredited, located in the United States (including DoDEA schools), and have 50 or more students. Institutions serving grades K–12, as well as post-secondary undergraduate college departments, are eligible. Preschools, daycare centers, and home schools are not eligible. The application must be submitted by an employee at the institution who is 18 years of age or older. Technology awarded to the institution will be shipped only to the institution’s address and will become property of the institution.

How to Apply

  1. To apply, produce a video showcasing your entry. This video should briefly describe the Vernier sensors and the engineering concepts or practices that are being addressed. The video should demonstrate the project or experiment in action. Upload your video to YouTube or Vimeo.
  2. Complete the online application form. The application will include a space for you to provide a link to your video that you have posted on YouTube or Vimeo.

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