Photochemical reactions are very important in many areas of chemistry. These reactions often proceed quickly and, as a result, require fast reaction techniques to analyze. The Vernier Flash Photolysis Spectrometer is a simple, user-friendly instrument for demonstrating to undergraduate chemistry students the fundamental principles of these types of reactions.
As summer comes to an end, many of you are getting ready for the fun and excitement of starting a new school year. For your fall planning, we have ten tips to ensure that integrating Vernier technology into your labs is easy and stress free. Have a great school year!
1. Keep your software up to date with a Vernier web account.
If your school owns Logger Pro 3 or LabQuest Viewer for Windows or Mac, you can create a free Vernier web account and easily download the latest version at any time. You can also use your Vernier account to directly distribute Logger Pro to your students. Keeping your software updated will help ensure that your technology is ready for the laboratory when your students are. Sign Up or Create an Account
2. Update and charge your LabQuests before class begins.
As you prepare your lab for the school year, update your LabQuests to receive new features and enhancements. We also recommend that you charge your LabQuests for a full eight hours before using them for the first time in the school year. Update Your LabQuests
3. Collect data using our free Graphical Analysis app for iOS®, Chrome™, and Android™.
Use Chromebooks™, iPad®, Android tablets, and other smart devices for hands-on, collaborative science with Vernier sensors and data sharing technology. Our Graphical Analysis app is available for free, and it is designed specifically for sensor data analysis in science classrooms. Learn More
4. Find answers online with our Technical Information Library.
For 24-hour technical support, we offer a Technical Information Library (TIL) on our website. It is full of tips, techniques, and answers to frequently asked questions about probeware, and it is available anytime you quickly need an answer. Go to the Technical Information Library
5. Get experiment ideas from Vernier lab books.
Are you looking for experiment ideas or searching for the best sensors to use with your curriculum? You can preview the student instructions for Logger Pro for all of our experiments online. When you purchase a Vernier lab book, you will get full instructions for data collection customized for multiple platforms, including LabQuest App. Lab books also include safety instructions and teacher tips that cut your prep time and help students make the most of technology. View Vernier Lab Books
6. Download our white paper, What the Research Says About the Value of Probeware for Science Instruction.
Find out how using probeware for science instruction helps students increase test scores and learn scientific concepts more deeply. This 37-page paper also gives an overview of state standards that call for the use of data-collection technology, and it aligns the use of Vernier technology to the Framework for K-12 Science Education. Get the Whitepaper
7. Find the funding.
With budgets being tight, many of you are looking for funding for probeware. Access resources for writing grant proposals, such as our Grant Writing Guide or What the Research Says About the Value of Probeware for Science Instruction, or apply for the Vernier/NSTA Technology Awards. Apply for a Grant
8. Attend a data-collection workshop this fall.
Whether you already own Vernier equipment or want to experience our new technology, these free workshops are for you! The workshops include a light lunch or dinner. Sigh Up for a Workshop
9. Get free web-based training.
We offer free, personalized webinars for your entire department to quickly refresh their data-collection know-how. Webinars are easy to set up and are flexible enough for your busy schedule. All you need on your end is an internet-connected computer, a projector, and a speakerphone. Schedule a Webinar
10. Explore training videos.
You will find a variety of helpful Tech Tips videos demonstrating sensors, experiments, and more in our video training library on our website. Learn the basics or sharpen your skills at your convenience, right from your computer, tablet, or smartphone. If you are flipping your classroom, have your students watch these videos as pre-lab activities. Watch Our Training Videos
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.
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!
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.
“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.”
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.
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.
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.