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Vernier Honored with the 2014 Service to Beaverton Award

Glass trophy

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.

Read more on the City of Beaverton website »

Our New Building Addition is Open!

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.

Dave and Christine cutting the ribbon
Slide and periodic table installation
Artwork by Rick Sorensen

Logger Pro 3.8.7 Update

Logger Pro 3.8.7 is now available for download. Version 3.8.7 features:

  • Vernier Energy Sensor support
  • Braille embosser support
  • Uncertainty Boxes Feature
  • Better CSV import/export for localized installs
  • Better Data Sharing upgrade behavior
  • Deploys Data Sharing Web App 1.4 supporting Internet Explorer 11 browser
  • Other defect fixes

Logger Pro 3.8.7 is a free update to all Logger Pro 3 users.

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Video Physics and Vernier Motion Encoder System Win 2014 Worlddidac Award

Worlddidac Award

Vernier Software & Technology was named a winner of the 2014 Worlddidac Award for Video Physics app and Vernier Motion Encoder System.

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.

See all the Worlddidac Award winners »

LabQuest 2.3.1 Update

We’re pleased to release the latest update for LabQuest 2. The version 2.3.1 update is free and recommended for all LabQuest 2 users.

New Features and Enhancements

  • Support for Go Wireless Temp (for LabQuest model LQ2-LE only)
  • Support for Vernier Energy Sensor
  • Support for Ohaus Balances
  • New Wi-Fi driver for improved stability when connected to a network
  • Revised LabQuest analysis library (Curve Fit and FFT calculations)
  • Added Logarithmic curve fit option
  • Included onboard specifications for internal sensors
  • Create a Network now uses a SoftAP protocol instead of peer-to-peer
  • Data Share Web App (v1.4)
    • Fixed iOS 7 compatibility issues
    • Added support for Internet Explorer 11
    • Allow data export to use either “,” or “.” as the decimal separator

Download LabQuest 2.3.1 Update

LabQuest 1.7.2 Update

We’re pleased to release the latest update for Original LabQuest. The version 1.7.2 update is free and recommended for all LabQuest users.

New Features and Enhancements

Download LabQuest 1.7.2 Update »

Graphical Analysis for iPad Wins CODiE 2014 Award

CODiE 2014 Award Logo

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.

Learn more about Graphical Analysis for iPad »

Our New Saltwater Aquarium

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.

Our new PAR Sensor (measuring the level of photosynthetically active radiation), Optical DO Probe (measuring dissolved oxygen), Salinity Sensor, pH Sensor, and Stainless Steel Temperature Probe connected to two LabQuest 2 units help to monitor the tank’s health. Visitors to our office can use their iPhone, iPad, or Android devices to connect to each LabQuest 2 using the QR codes posted on a sign on the tank.

Measuring photosynthetic light levels and dissolved oxygen concentration in the saltwater aquarium using the PAR Sensor and the Optical DO Probe
Measuring photosynthetic light levels and dissolved oxygen concentration in the saltwater aquarium using the PAR Sensor and the Optical DO Probe

Tech Tip: Maintaining Your Sensor Cables

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!

Frayed cables fixed by sugru
Frayed cables fixed by sugru

Tech Tip: Summer Storage Tips

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.
  • Store your pH Sensors and Oxidation-Reduction Potential (ORP) Sensors vertically in the storage solution provided. The storage solution needs to be replaced once a year, and replacement solution can be purchased, if needed. If the solution looks cloudy before vacation, it is probably best to change it before you leave.
  • 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.

See more summer storage tips »

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