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
National Chemistry Week (NCW) began in 1987 as National Chemistry Day, and it is a great way to encourage students to learn chemistry. Annual themes help give direction and variety to the celebration each year. This year, National Chemistry Week will take place Oct 19–25, and the theme is “The Sweet Side of Chemistry—Candy.”
Win a Go Wireless Temp, Vernier’s first temperature sensor that wirelessly streams data to compatible mobile devices. Each week during the month of October, Vernier will select five winners at random from the reviews. Those chosen will win a Go Wireless Temp.
Then, write a short review about a Vernier product, service, workshop, or grant and submit your review on our Facebook page. Be sure to include the name of the school at which you teach with your review.
Official Rules and Restrictions
Entrants must provide their first, last, and school name with their review to be considered a valid entry. One entry per person, per week.
Drawings will take place on Friday of each week, and winning participants will be announced in a post on the Vernier Software & Technology Facebook page. The giveaway opens on Monday, September 29th, at 12:00 pm (PST) and closes on Friday, October 31, 2014 at 12:00 pm (PST).
No purchase is necessary, and this contest is void where prohibited. Participants must be 21 or older. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed, or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. Each participant releases Facebook of such responsibility upon entry.
“While it would be easy to dismiss all the good science taught with primitive methods, instead the simplicity, accuracy and operational speed of Vernier’s Motion Encoder System provides students not only a crystal clear insight into the nuts and bolts of motion, but also raises the bar on the subtitles and nuances of motion through actual hands-on experimentation and, if you will, science play.”
With support from an Intel volunteer team, the Karibu Centre launched its STEM after-school program, which serves 120 boys and girls from a nearby primary school. Intel created more than 30 interactive lesson plans around the themes of conservation, environmental science, biology, and mathematics. Many of these lesson plans incorporate Vernier probes, which enhance the students’ ability to engage in active, inquiry-based learning. The Intel team provided extensive teacher training over a two-week period, including working with the teachers to enable them to create their own lesson plans using the Intel® classmate PCs and probes.
Access to education technology, such as PCs and probeware, is almost unheard of in Kenya, even at private international schools in the capital. Orphans Overseas, with support from Vernier and Intel, is giving opportunities to some of the most vulnerable children in Kenya so that they may gain 21st century skills and go further in their formal education.
If you like physics and you have access to iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch, you probably already know that the Vernier Video Physics app is the best way to grab high-quality video in the field and to easily perform powerful analyses of the motion of an object. Using the multi-touch interface, students can quickly track an object frame by frame, generate graphs of the motion, and even export to Graphical Analysis for powerful tools like linear and quadratic fits. Video Physics has won multiple awards and appreciation from teachers and students for its power and value.
This fall, Video Physics will become even more powerful, with the addition of automated object tracking. Highlight an object, tap a single button, and watch as Video Physics tracks the object frame by frame. You can still fine tune the tracking manually.
Let’s start with the answer—the Optical DO Probe is right for you. It’s faster and easier to use than the traditional Dissolved Oxygen Probe. With no filling, warming, calibrating, or stirring required, there is significantly less prep time and fewer ways to go wrong with the Optical DO Probe. As a result, students get better data. This ease of use also allows students from every age group, from elementary to university, to accurately measure dissolved oxygen concentrations in water.
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).