Ten months ago we started getting serious about adding more office space, classroom, and meeting space onto our current building. As with most projects, small things like designs, surveys, easements, and permits took a lot more time than ever imagined, but we finally got the plans and enough permits to begin construction on a 15,000 sq ft building addition to our headquarters.
To celebrate, we formalized the project with a ground breaking ceremony. Christine and David Vernier together turned the first sod with a golden shovel and drew unanimous applause from the employees who assembled on the lawn for last time before it became off-limits for construction. Completion is projected sometime in October 2013.
Vernier Software & Technology sponsored a contest for educators to show how they are using Vernier sensors with National Instruments LabVIEW software to introduce STEM concepts, teach LabVIEW programming, or perform engineering labs in the classroom.
The prizes for the winners included $1,000 in cash, $3,000 in Vernier technology, and $1,500 toward expenses to attend the 2013 American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) conference in Atlanta, Georgia.
Vernier teamed up with a local organization, the Business Education Compact (BEC), to bring the joy of engineering to local students at Vose Elementary in Beaverton, Oregon. Volunteers from Vernier spent time in the fifth-grade classroom answering the questions, “What is engineering?” and “What do engineers design?”
Students at this neighborhood Title I school then had the opportunity to build a Tower of Power, test how much load their structure could hold, redesign, and then rebuild.
Volunteers from Vernier included Dr. Elaine Nam, Kristen Nelson, John Tate, Felix Rodriguez, Joe Sauer, Pam Lam, and Daylene Long.
Dear Vernier Engineers,
I didn’t know engineers made such simple things like chairs and tables. I really, really enjoyed having you in our classroom. I think engineers are sooooo cool, because without you guys we wouldn’t have parks or houses.
I might want to be an engineer when I group up, so that I could invent or make better stuff.
Dear Vernier Engineers,
I had a very fun time building the towers. You guys coming into my class was something I’d been waiting for. It was really fun getting to construct shapes and build a tower. My group really messed up but we learned a lot. I really appreciate you guys coming.
After you guys came I’m now considering being an engineer in the future. I love constructing things. Since I had so much fun the day you guys came to my classroom, I think one day I would really enjoy being an engineer.
Now that evolution is one of the “big ideas” in the new AP Biology curriculum, many teachers have been asking how our sensors can be used to teach concepts in evolution.
With this in mind, our Biology staff scientist, John Melville, developed several innovative ways to investigate evolution using Vernier products for Darwin’s birthday on February 12th. All of these investigations can be found in our Investigating Biology through Inquiry lab book.
Evolution-related Activities from Investigating Biology through Inquiry