When Dave Vernier was a physics teacher, he ran a bridge-building contest every year, and it was a huge hit. It got so popular that it was difficult to test all the bridges. He tried every method he could think of to apply the force in a measured way. Nothing worked well, until he finally learned to use strain gages, and he built an apparatus connected to an Apple II computer to measure the force as it was applied by a jack. This experimentation was a key step in the start of Vernier Software & Technology.
Now that we are introducing our Vernier Structures & Materials Tester, it seems that things are coming full circle.
The Vernier Structures & Materials Tester (VSMT) is the perfect device for all project-based STEM and engineering classrooms. Use the VSMT, along with the engineering design method, to design, build, and test structures, conduct bridge competitions, and investigate and analyze beam designs and material properties.