Tech & Learning’s Awards of Excellence recognizes both creative new offerings and significantly updated products that help educators in the business of teaching, training and managing with technology. Evaluation criteria include the following: quality and effectiveness, ease of use, creative use of technology, and suitability for use in an educational environment.
Vernier has two products as 2015 BETT award finalists! LabQuest 2 was nominated in the digital devices and international digital resource categories and Video Physics in the educational apps category.
Celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2014, Bett has evolved into the world’s leading event for learning technology, with a broader remit than ever before. Covering the breadth of lifelong learning, the event brings together more than 35,000 industry leaders, practitioners, professionals and inspirational figures to share ideas inspiration on how to support learning together through technology. For more information, visit www.bettshow.com.
Each year, Vernier sponsors the NABT Ecology/Environmental Science Teaching Award. The award includes $1,000 toward travel to the NABT Professional Development Conference and $500 of Vernier equipment. Applications for the 2015 Award will be available on the NABT website soon after the November conference, and the deadline for submission is March 15, 2015.
On October 23, Christine and David Vernier were presented with the Simon Benson Award for Philanthropy by Portland State University. Named for one of Oregon’s first philanthropists, the Simon Benson Award for Philanthropy was created by Portland State University in 1999 to honor the state’s contemporary leaders of philanthropy.
On October 23rd, Vernier ranked 2nd in the 2-99 employees category for healthiest employers in Oregon. This is our third consecutive year winning this award. The Healthiest Oregon Employers Award from the Portland Business Journal recognized organizations that are committed to creating a healthy workplace. Thanks to our wellness committee for our health-promoting activities and our employees for participating in improving their wellness.
We recently placed a time capsule in a wall of the new Vernier building addition. In 50 years, it will be opened and includes an employee-signed commemorative photo book, “Vernier Software & Technology: The First 33 Years“, a 2014 catalog, current marketing materials, a LabPro, original LabQuest, and LabQuest 2 interface, a temperature probe, and software, including a 5 1/4″ floppy disk from February 1982 with the first software programs Vernier ever sold!
Detecting Cosmic Rays from Supernovae and Other Catastrophes
There is a great article in The Classroom Astronomer showing how to do coincidence counting using two (or more) of our Vernier Radiation Monitors, some simple circuitry on a breadboard, and a LabQuest 2. They make a muon telescope from two Vernier Radiation Monitors, and experimentally show that muon count rate increases with altitude.
Using Vernier Sensors to Monitor Light, Temperature and Sky Color During Any Solar Eclipse
There is also another article, “Using Vernier Sensors to Monitor Light, Temperature and Sky Color During Any Solar Eclipse,” by Larry Krumenaker. A group of astronomers and astronomy educators used our LabQuest, temperature sensor, Light Sensor, and SpectoVis Plus to monitor conditions during the annular eclipse on May 20, 2014.
The editor of The Classroom Astronomer was kind enough to provide the articles online so that interested teachers can read them. Subscriptions to The Classroom Astronomer are available at www.classroomastronomer.com