Vernier’s KidWind Solar Energy Exploration Kit and associated Investigating Solar Energy lab book was named a winner of Tech & Learning’s 2016 Awards of Excellence in the New Product category. Now in its 34th year, this leading educational awards program recognizes innovative products that break new ground as well as those that have received significant enhancements.
The KidWind Solar Energy Exploration Kit helps students investigate energy transformations, discover how the angle of photovoltaic panels relative to the sun affects power output, and experiment with basic circuits. The Investigating Solar Energy lab book contains nine hands-on experiments and two culminating engineering projects that utilize the kit and allow K-8 students to learn about solar energy and develop solutions to real-world problems.
On October 7th, we celebrated National Manufacturing Day with students from two local high schools, Aloha and Southridge. They toured our building and learned about how modern manufacturing is used for science education and exciting career paths related to manufacturing.
I loved seeing the workers packaging, it’s such an important and underappreciated portion of a company and it looks like they’re getting treated well. It’s important to make sure the well being of each employee is maintained and I’m glad that through the slide and other hilarious posters throughout the building that it’s encouraged through the company. Thank you! And LEED gold, I’m impressed.
My favorite part was the part where the speaker gave us examples of what they make so we understood better what they did. After this visit I think I am more likely to choose an engineering career.
A review of Vernier’s Go!Link and Hand Dynamometer was recently featured in the NSTA Blog. In the article, reviewer Edwin Christmann provides step-by-step instructions on how to use the data-collection technologies, highlights their key features, and explains how they result in “meaningful scientific engagement.” In the review, he goes on to say:
“Once again, Vernier has developed a device that can be used to integrate the NRC Standards (i.e. Standards A & E) and shows students how using the proper scientific tools to gather data can be both relevant and exciting.”
The Go!Link USB is a single-channel interface that connects most Vernier sensors—including the Hand Dynamometer—to a computer or Chromebook USB port. The Hand Dynamometer measures grip and pinch strength and can be used to perform muscle fatigue studies with students from middle school through high school.
We want to give a special “thank you” to Vernier employees who helped Vernier rank third for midsize companies in The Oregonian’s 2016 Top Workplaces list. To choose the winning companies, The Oregonian partnered with WorkplaceDynamics to conduct employee surveys about workplace satisfaction. Employees provided anonymous opinions on everything from pay and benefits, to working conditions and corporate leadership.
“The company offers fitness activities during the lunch hour, such as volleyball matches, yoga, or kickboxing classes. There are on-site showers for bicycle commuters and a casual dress code. Work hours are flexible, as long as an employee puts in 40 hours a week. Tickets to Timbers, Blazers and Thorns matches are available throughout the season, as well as tickets to the Oregon Symphony and Portland Center Stage.
Vernier pays employees for up to four hours of volunteer time each month. [Kathy] Higashihara [project manager at Vernier] says employees often spent the time volunteering with a food bank, Habitat for Humanity or at their children’s schools.”
Throughout the years, Vernier has received numerous awards for its work culture, philanthropic commitment, environmental policies, and steady growth.
Each year, Vernier sponsors the NABT Ecology/Environmental Science Teaching Award. The award includes $500 toward travel to the NABT Professional Development Conference and $1,000 of Vernier equipment. Applications for the 2017 Award will be available on the NABT website soon after the November conference, and the deadline for submission is March 15, 2017.
Are your students using Vernier sensors in the engineering design process? Maybe you are challenging your students to control digital output based on sensor input. Perhaps your students are writing NI LabVIEW™ or ROBOTC® code to read a Vernier sensor from a robotics platform such as LEGO®, VEX®, or Arduino™. Tell us about how you are using Vernier technology in your classroom or lab and you could win one of two $5,500 awards (one for middle school and one for high school)!
The 2016 AAPT Photo Contest, sponsored by Vernier, was held at the summer meeting of the American Association of Physics Teachers in Sacramento, California. Students submitted photos that demonstrate physics concepts, along with essays that explain them. AAPT members voted on the entries. Each year we are impressed by the creativity of the students who enter this contest. The eye-drawing composition of these images reminds us that art has both an important role in our lives and a valuable connection to science.
The winner in the Contrived Category is Jacob Lev Amme for his photo “Parabolic Motion at the Center of Mass.”
Jacques Abou-Rjeili won the Natural Category with his photo “Snow Sheet.”
Founded by a Science Teacher, Vernier Puts Teacher Support and Student Learning First
Just after graduating from Ohio State University, Dave Vernier took a job as a high school physics and physical science teacher in Cleveland’s inner city. His biggest challenge was keeping his students engaged in science. He found that he could hold their attention through a combination of daily demonstrations and highly creative, interactive labs.
Today, Dave’s years in the classroom continue to guide the development of all Vernier technology. Dave and Christine, his wife and co-founder of the company, remain mindful of the unique needs of educators. Curriculum and products, including data-collection software, sensors, and interfaces that are dynamic and relevant for students, yet are easy for teachers to use, are developed with teachers’ needs in mind. Now, Christine and Dave are joined by more than 100 employees, many of whom are former teachers and professors, who talk with educators everyday and use that feedback to guide the company. Discover more about our commitment to science educators »