As part of our commitment to rainforest education and professional development, Amazon Rainforest Workshops and Vernier Software and Technology are pleased to offer a $1,000 AP* Environmental Science Grant to join the 2017 Educator Academy in the Amazon Rainforest. The Educator Academy in the Amazon Rainforest is a life-changing, cross-curricular professional development workshop for in which educators learn instructional approaches and protocols while exploring one of the world’s most important natural resources – the Amazon Rainforest.
We are seeking an AP Environmental Science educator applicant who demonstrates a strong commitment to bringing the Amazon experience and Vernier data collection technology back to their classroom in very tangible ways and sharing their experience with future academy participants and the Vernier Software & Technology network. Please download a complete syllabus and learn more about the Academy goals and objectives prior to completing your application.
Applications are evaluated by a panel of past participants and members of the Amazon Rainforest Workshops advisory board. The application deadline is March 7, 2017. Applicants will be notified of results no later than March 15, 2017.
The NSTA Blog published a helpful review of LabQuest Stream™. In the article, titled “The Vernier LabQuest Stream: The Absolute Hub of Discovery,” reviewer Martin Horejsi discusses the interface’s extensive list of features, connectivity options, and how the device is “truly a hub of discovery.” He concludes by saying:
“. . . let me just say that even though I have used all their interfaces since nineteen-ninety something, this is the most exciting thing since the personal computing power of the device-in-hand was harnessed (which is hugely powerful, by the way, Hugely!.)”
The LabQuest Stream is a wireless and USB sensor interface that expands data-collection possibilities in science and STEM classrooms by allowing students to collect scientific data from multiple sensors with a mobile device, Chromebook™, or computer. Its five sensor ports are compatible with a wide array of Vernier standard sensors, and students can conduct a variety of multi-variable experiments and data-logging labs.
Students can use LabQuest Stream with the Vernier Graphical Analysis™ app, Logger Pro 3, and Logger Lite software to collect and analyze up to 10,000 samples per second using wireless functionality or up to 100,000 samples per second when using USB connectivity.
NSTA recently reviewed the FLIR ONE™ Thermal Imaging Camera and the Thermal Analysis for FLIR ONE app developed by Vernier. In the review, Edwin Christmann discusses the functionality and features of both the camera and the app and how they provide students with an engaging, hands-on way to study thermodynamics. He says:
“The Thermal camera, in conjunction with the Thermal Analysis app, can do much more than simply detect heat. Students will also be able to record and graph live temperature data from up to four locations on an image. This will allow them to compare the temperature data between different locations during an experiment. Furthermore, each picture taken with this device will also simultaneously take a standard picture, providing greater detail of the image.”
To help teachers utilize the Thermal Analysis app with the FLIR ONE camera, Vernier created a variety of science investigations that teachers can access on the Thermal Analysis app page. They include
Investigating the transmission and reflection characteristics of infrared light as compared to visible and ultraviolet light by observing a person through a variety of materials
Studying the thermal conductivity in solids using various materials of similar thickness, such as wood, cardboard, ceramic, steel, and glass
Creating a visual representation of thermal equilibration using a combination of petri dishes filled with warm and cool water
Investigating evaporative cooling by observing the surface of a cup of various liquids
Analyzing heats of solutions using various solids dissolved in water
Exploring the effect of vascularity on skin temperature recovery after brief exposure to ice
Comparing reptile skin temperatures under a heating lamp and in the shade
Wired or wireless—you have the flexibility to choose. Our Go Direct sensors connect directly to Chromebooks, mobile devices, or computers. With both USB and wireless connectivity, you have the freedom to connect to a wide variety of platforms. That’s boundless versatility, simplicity, and opportunity for exploration.
Pioneering new technology to collect, analyze, and interpret data is central to our mission to inspire scientific curiosity in students around the world.
Go Direct is perfect for educators who
Are new to probeware
Plan to equip a new science laboratory
Need an affordable solution that includes free software and all-in-one sensors
Are using computers, Chromebooks, and mobile devices for data collection
Teach chemistry, middle school science, or physical science—hundreds of ready-to-use experiments
Go Direct sensors are backed by Stellar Service from Vernier, which means that you will have award-winning technical support, 24/7 access to our online technical information library and videos, hands-on workshops, webinar training, and a community that provides best practices and innovative uses of probeware.
Vernier was recently named the winner of Tech & Learning’s 2016 Stellar Service Awards in ‘The Number You Have on Autodial (Best Tech Support)’ category. Voted on by the publication’s readers, the awards program honors companies that provide exceptional customer service and satisfaction within the educational technology industry.
As part of award-winning tech support from Vernier, customers are connected with an educator—a product developer, tech expert, curriculum writer, or former science teacher who can provide timely and targeted assistance—when they call with a question. The Vernier support team will also talk customers through an investigation or help troubleshoot on the phone if science teachers have questions, even if it’s in the middle of a lab. Vernier additionally provides 24/7 online access to its Technical Information Library (TIL), how-to videos, and more.
This is the second consecutive year that Vernier has won a Tech & Learning Stellar Service Award. Its TIL was recognized in the ‘Best Help Site Portal’ category in 2015.
Business Education Compact (BEC) works with the leading employers in Oregon, including Vernier Software & Technology, to provide high school and college students with invaluable internship opportunities that are hard to find elsewhere. In this video, learn about one student’s life-changing experience at Vernier.