The Service to Beaverton Award is presented to individuals and businesses that willingly collaborate on community projects, as well as espouse volunteerism. Mayor Denny Doyle presented the 2014 Award to Vernier Software & Technology for providing up to four hours of paid volunteer time to their employees per month. Vernier was also recognized for its involvement in other community projects, such as providing more than 400 backpacks for needy elementary students in the community.
After two years of planning and construction, our new building addition is complete. The addition provides lots of new space for training teachers from around the world, and will allow our company the space it needs to grow.
The Worlddidac Foundation has awarded high quality and innovative educational products with the Worlddidac Award for more than 30 years. Their international panel of experts evaluated close to 50 educational products from around the world.
This is our second time winning a Worlddidac Award for our products. We also won for our LabQuest interface.
Vernier Software & Technology was named the winner of the 2014 SIIA CODiE Awards for its Graphical Analysis™ for iPad® app. The industry-leading awards program recognized the technology in the Best Educational App for a Mobile Device category, which looks at the best curriculum or administrative native app designed for the PreK-12 or postsecondary market.
In its 29th year, the SIIA CODiE Awards are the premier awards for recognizing excellence in the software and information industries. The awards have more than 75 categories and are organized by industry, focusing on content, education, and software. They are especially prestigious as educators and administrators conduct the first-round review of all education nominees and then select the finalists in the products’ respective categories. SIIA members then select the winners – 31 in total in the education categories this year – from among the finalists.
We can wirelessly collect, analyze, and share sensor data from our new saltwater aquarium, located in the main lobby of the Vernier office in Beaverton, Oregon. The 125-gallon tank is now home to over 22 different species of fish, shrimp, crabs, anemones, and corals.
Using sensors day after day with several classes results in wear and tear on your equipment. We try to make our equipment sturdy enough to use for many years, however, cables sometimes get frayed with frequent use.
You can help prevent premature cable breakage through proper cable wrapping and preventative maintenance. First, sensor cables should not be wrapped around the sensor. While it might be tempting to wind the Stainless Steel Temperature Probe’s cable as tightly as possible around the shaft, or to wind the Photogate cable tightly around the Photogate, this can lead to premature fraying and breakage. See proper cord storage techniques FAQ »
What if your cables start to fray? You need to prevent further damage. While we do have a generous five-year warranty on most of our products, frayed cords are not an item we repair. One solution is to wrap a sticky and unsightly blob of electrical tape around the fraying portion. A neater solution that we have found is to use sugru®. Sugru is a moldable silicone rubber that cures in about 24 hours. Follow the directions on the package. Mold the sugru around the frayed portion of the wire and let it cure. Your wires should last you a while longer this way!
Packing up your Vernier equipment for storage over the summer? Here are a few tips to ensure proper storage over summer break:
Turn your LabQuest 2 or original LabQuest completely off and disconnect from the Charger. In sleep mode, the battery drains much more quickly than when the unit is all the way off. To fully shut down, press and hold the power button for a full five seconds until LabQuest 2 displays the Shutdown message or an original LabQuest displays a black screen. If your school storage area is especially hot when the air conditioning is off for the summer, we recommend that you keep them in a location that remains cooler.
Make sure no liquid (either in a cuvette or spilled) is inside your Colorimeter.
Store your Oxygen Gas Sensors upright using the 250 mL Nalgene bottle that was shipped with the sensor.
Make sure your Dissolved Oxygen Probes are completely dry after emptying the filling solution and rinsing the sensor electrode and cap.
Keep your Ion-Selective Electrodes in the humid environment of the storage bottles in which they were shipped. If the sponge at the bottom of the storage bottle has dried out, simply add a few drops of distilled water.