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Packing Backpacks for Tools for Schools

Vernier employees with the 459 backpacks they packed.

Vernier employees volunteered their morning to pack backpacks for the Tools for Schools program from Schoolhouse Supplies. For our tenth year supporting this program, we helped 459 students at Creston Elementary get the supplies they need for a new school year.

We are brainstorming ways of improving our packing time of 2.21 seconds per backpack next year.

Go Wireless® Link Review by Assistive Technology

So if you have existing compatible Vernier sensors and are looking for a great way to connect them to your iOS or Android devices look no further, the Vernier Go Wireless Link is the perfect interface for getting your students collecting data with mobile devices!

Source: Assistive Technology

NSTA Blog Review: Go Wireless pH

By going wireless the probe opens some interesting doors to creative and safe exploration and experimentation. One of the big advantages of a wireless probe is the same advantage we experienced with telephones and microscopes went cordless. No longer did we trip over cords, knock over containers when moving the cords, or dredging off the top of counter tops desks with the cord acting like a giant chain stripping the surface down to bare ground.

Read “Go Big with Vernier’s Go Wireless pH Sensor” »

Go Wireless® Link

Go Wireless Link interface

Make many of your existing Vernier sensors wireless with our new Go Wireless Link. This new, single-channel interface wirelessly transmits data to your tablets and other mobile devices.

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STEM Connect at Vose Elementary

John Wheeler and Debbie Paise helping Vose Elementary students measure the energy output from their wind turbine

“What I love the most about these lessons is the students who have the most success are not always the highest performing students in the classroom,” Baker Sanchez said. “The STEM lessons really give students of all learning styles, language levels and backgrounds the opportunity to show their strengths.”

Source: Beaverton Valley Times

Go Wireless® Sensors Review by Assistive Technology

From my perspective, Vernier has spent a lot of time making the experience of using the wireless sensors as full proof as possible so students can spend their energy collecting and analyzing the data. Setting up the Vernier Go Wireless sensors were a breeze and were immediately recognized on my iPad, without the need for me to manually pair them in any way. This point is important because it is these little details that can bring a lab down when you are using technology in the classroom. If you are not using sensors in your classroom you need to take a look at the Vernier Go Wireless sensors to get you started. Having access to tools like the Vernier Go Wireless sensors will empower your students and let them have hands-on experience collecting data as a scientist would do.

Source: Assistive Technology

Hot Pocket Robot

Noah Jolly, Caleb Barrentine and Taylor Boyce have developed a Hot Pocket robot, which tests the internal temperature of a Hot Pocket so the consumer knows if the item is either too hot or too cold. In addition to keeping their mouths safe from scalding Hot Pocket filling, the students’ project earned them first place in the 2015 Vernier Engineering Contest.

Source: Arkansas Online: Three Rivers Edition

Water Quality with Vernier Lab Book Update

Water Quality with Vernier

After many years, we are happy to announce the second edition of Water Quality with Vernier. This updated version has many improvements that we think instructors will appreciate. This is our first book with instructions for using LabQuest with Data Matrix mode—a mode designed especially for field work. While many of the tests are familiar, they have been updated to incorporate new sensors, such as the Vernier Optical DO Probe, that have been developed since the first edition of the book.

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Plotly and Graphical Analysis for Chrome

We are big fans of Plotly at Vernier! (that’s the URL, although it doesn’t look like it) is a web-based graphing tool that complements Vernier tools. Collecting data from Vernier sensors and then analyzing it in Plotly is sometimes just the right thing to do. For example, our Graphical Analysis for Chrome application is a lean, streamlined data-collection program for Chromebook. You can collect data and do basic curve fits and statistics, which is enough for most experiments. But if you want more, it is now easy to export your data to Plotly, and from there you can apply further transforms, calculations, or custom graph styles that you need.

Graphical Analysis for Chrome

Graphical Analysis with some simple temperature data
Graphical Analysis for Chrome

The graph in Plotly

Glass-Body pH Electrode

Glass-Body Electrode

Our new Glass-Body pH Electrode, coupled with either our Go Wireless® Electrode Amplifier or the Vernier Electrode Amplifier, allows you to measure the pH of nonaqueous solutions and solutions that contain organic solvents, strong acids, or strong bases. The entire shaft of the pH electrode is made of glass, allowing you to perform experiments such as titrations of strong acids (e.g., aliphatic amines), titrations of weak bases (e.g., aromatic amines), monitoring the pH of protein denaturation with the addition of ethanol, and many others.

Glass-Body Electrode
Non-aqueous titration of acetic acid
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