Our co-founder David Vernier was recently featured in the December issue of the UK-based publication Physics World. In the article, “Teaching with Technology,” David discusses how his educational background, experiences as a physics teacher, and earliest innovations led to the creation—and ongoing success—of Vernier Software & Technology.
“These first-generation graphing and simulation programs ended up being a major game-changer for the company. Before I left teaching, I used them in my own classes, and they were the basis for what has become our company’s core curriculum of physics and science products.”
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 2016 Award will be available on the NABT website soon after the November conference, and the deadline for submission is March 15, 2016.
Vernier Software & Technology and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) are now accepting applications for the annual Vernier/NSTA Technology Awards. The 2016 awards program will recognize up to seven educators—one elementary teacher, two middle school teachers, three high school teachers, and one college-level educator—who promote the innovative use of data-collection technology.
Prizes include $1,000 in cash, $3,000 in Vernier products, and up to $1,500 toward expenses to attend the 2016 NSTA National Conference in Nashville, TN. Award recipients will be chosen based on their application, which is judged by a panel of NSTA-appointed experts. All applications must be submitted by November 30, 2015.
Tell us how you are using Vernier sensors in the classroom to teach engineering concepts and engineering practices, and you could win one of three $5,500 awards (one for middle school, one for high school, and one for college).
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. Are you testing trusses and building bridges? 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 it so that you might win!
Each award will consist of $1,000 in cash, $3,000 in Vernier technology, and $1,500 toward expenses to attend either the 2016 NSTA STEM conference or the 2016 ASEE conference.
If you teach biochemistry, you will find numerous Vernier experiments and products that can fit into your curriculum. Common experiments performed in introductory biochemistry labs include acid/base chemistry and buffer preparation, protein and enzyme purification, enzyme activity assays, analysis of carbohydrates and lipids, and gel electrophoresis. Experiments that cover many topics, such as the examples in the following table, are found in the following lab books: Advanced Biology with Vernier, Advanced Chemistry with Vernier, and Organic Chemistry with Vernier.
Last week, we celebrated National Manufacturing Day with these awesome students from Aloha High School. Students were welcomed by co-founders David and Christine Vernier. They were also treated to tours and demonstrations by CEO, John Wheeler; Chemistry Staff Scientist, Elaine Nam; and Director of Operations, Brian Gilstrap.
Motion Commotion Experiment Uses Video Physics App
This year’s National Youth Science Day experiment was submitted by Oregon 4-H in collaboration with Oregon State University and Vernier. The experiment, “Motion Commotion,” relates speed, stopping distance, and reaction time. Participants have the option of using the Video Physics app for iOS to analyze the motion of a toy car moving down a ramp and coming to a stop on a level surface.
Since 2008, the National 4-H has held a National Youth Science Day, in which 4-H members across the country do an experiment and learn science outside of their school classrooms.
David and Christine Vernier to Remain Active as Co-Presidents
As a founder and CEO of Vernier Software & Technology since its inception 34 years ago, David Vernier has nurtured a company that started as an engaging summertime endeavor. Over the years, Vernier has grown into a leading science education company focused on supporting teachers and helping students better understand scientific concepts. It is with this same excitement and consideration that he has decided to name John Wheeler, long-time employee and co-owner, as the company’s new chief executive officer (CEO). Wheeler, who has been instrumental in the company’s product development and growth, will work closely with David to provide Vernier customers with the industry-leading service and products they deserve and expect.
“John has been a valuable part of the Vernier leadership team for more than 17 years, and we are confident that with him as CEO, Vernier will continue to thrive for a long, long time,” said David Vernier, co-founder of Vernier and former physics teacher. “That’s not to say I won’t stay very active in the company. Christine and I will continue to work with the company as co-presidents. In my new role, I will continue to talk to teachers every day, and I will work closely with John to develop innovative products for science and STEM education.”
Wheeler has been working at Vernier since 1993 and has been a partner and co-owner of the company since 1998. Prior to being named CEO, Wheeler was the chief technology officer and head of engineering, in which role he was responsible for the conceptualization and development of Vernier’s award-winning LabPro®, LabQuest® and LabQuest® 2 data-collection interfaces and the Go Wireless® family of sensors. His extensive experience, expertise and knowledge of the company and its product offerings will be instrumental as Vernier looks ahead to deliver the next generation of affordable data-collection technologies for science and STEM classrooms.
“I am honored to be leading the company into the future where we can continue to serve teachers by delivering the same high-quality science technology and outstanding support that Vernier has provided for the past 34 years,” said Wheeler. “I will continue working side by side with David and Christine to stay true to the values and culture that they have engrained in this company that bears their name.”