The Vernier Energy Sensor was recently named a winner of District Administration’s Readers’ Choice Top Products for 2015. This awards program informs superintendents and other senior school district leaders about products their colleagues around the country are using to help their districts excel in a variety of areas, such as technology, sustainability, and curriculum instruction. The winners, including the Vernier Energy Sensor, were compiled from 2,100-plus nominations over the past year from the magazine’s readers.
The Vernier Energy Sensor offers students an easy way to quantify voltage, current, power, and energy output of small wind turbines and solar panels such as those used in Vernier’s KidWind Experiment Kits. To use the sensor, students connect a wind turbine or solar panel to one side and a load, such as the Vernier Variable Load, to the other side. The Vernier Energy Sensor then connects to a computer using an interface or to LabQuest 2. The power and energy output can then be calculated using data-collection and analysis software such as Vernier’s Logger Pro or LabQuest App.
The sensor’s associated lab book, Renewable Energy with Vernier, along with the KidWind Advanced Wind Experiment Kit, additionally won a 2015 Tech & Learning’s Awards of Excellence. The lab book contains a wide range of experiments that utilize the sensor and address objectives in integrated sciences, physical science, physics, and environmental science.