The NSTA Blog published a helpful review of LabQuest Stream™. In the article, titled “The Vernier LabQuest Stream: The Absolute Hub of Discovery,” reviewer Martin Horejsi discusses the interface’s extensive list of features, connectivity options, and how the device is “truly a hub of discovery.” He concludes by saying:
“. . . let me just say that even though I have used all their interfaces since nineteen-ninety something, this is the most exciting thing since the personal computing power of the device-in-hand was harnessed (which is hugely powerful, by the way, Hugely!.)”
The LabQuest Stream is a wireless and USB sensor interface that expands data-collection possibilities in science and STEM classrooms by allowing students to collect scientific data from multiple sensors with a mobile device, Chromebook™, or computer. Its five sensor ports are compatible with a wide array of Vernier standard sensors, and students can conduct a variety of multi-variable experiments and data-logging labs.
Students can use LabQuest Stream with the Vernier Graphical Analysis™ app, Logger Pro 3, and Logger Lite software to collect and analyze up to 10,000 samples per second using wireless functionality or up to 100,000 samples per second when using USB connectivity.
NSTA recently reviewed the FLIR ONE™ Thermal Imaging Camera and the Thermal Analysis for FLIR ONE app developed by Vernier. In the review, Edwin Christmann discusses the functionality and features of both the camera and the app and how they provide students with an engaging, hands-on way to study thermodynamics. He says:
“The Thermal camera, in conjunction with the Thermal Analysis app, can do much more than simply detect heat. Students will also be able to record and graph live temperature data from up to four locations on an image. This will allow them to compare the temperature data between different locations during an experiment. Furthermore, each picture taken with this device will also simultaneously take a standard picture, providing greater detail of the image.”
To help teachers utilize the Thermal Analysis app with the FLIR ONE camera, Vernier created a variety of science investigations that teachers can access on the Thermal Analysis app page. They include
Investigating the transmission and reflection characteristics of infrared light as compared to visible and ultraviolet light by observing a person through a variety of materials
Studying the thermal conductivity in solids using various materials of similar thickness, such as wood, cardboard, ceramic, steel, and glass
Creating a visual representation of thermal equilibration using a combination of petri dishes filled with warm and cool water
Investigating evaporative cooling by observing the surface of a cup of various liquids
Analyzing heats of solutions using various solids dissolved in water
Exploring the effect of vascularity on skin temperature recovery after brief exposure to ice
Comparing reptile skin temperatures under a heating lamp and in the shade
The new Vernier Pressure Sensor 400 is one small step up in price, but one giant leap in performance. With an exceptional operational temperature range, and secure metal fittings makes the Vernier Pressure Sensor 400 is a serious tool for high school and college experiments in chemistry, biology, physics, and environmental science.
Frank Pileiro, technology director at Linwood Public Schools in Pennsylvania, wrote a review of Go Wireless Heart Rate for Tech & Learning.
“The Go Wireless Heart Rate Monitor is a nice device that can be used in a variety of educational settings, from science class to physical education and sports training.”
Pileiro tested Go Wireless Heart Rate for quality and effectiveness, ease of use, and suitability for use in a school environment.
“The accompanying app is very easy to use and allows data points to be studied and compared. … Plus, the ability to export the information in a variety of ways gives students and teachers flexibility and collaboration capabilities.”
“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.”
The probe’s output agreed to within a tenth of a degree with three thermometers and should be accurate enough for high-school students to use to build their own calorimeters in a chemistry or physics class while remaining easy enough for first graders to use to explore temperature.
But what if dissolved oxygen could be measured as easily as we measure temperature complete with auto-detection of the sensor and no calibration necessary? Not only would we take more DO measurements in more places, but we would also greatly expand our field of study both figuratively and literally!
Now just such a probe is now available! Vernier Technology has an Optical Dissolved Oxygen sensor that uses a luminescence-based optical oxygen sensor that makes taking DO measurements so easy that students can venture into previously uncharted territory to collect data.
LabQuest 2 app was selected as a finalist in the Best Educational Use of a Mobile Device category for the 2013 CODiE Awards! The category recognizes the best curriculum or administrative application, designed for either PK-12 or postsecondary markets, that is delivered via mobile devices, including smartphones or tablets.
NSTA recently reviewed our LabQuest 2 interface in their publication, The Science Teacher. Reviewer Edwin Christmann found LabQuest 2 to be “an outstanding tool to engage students in scientific inquiry.”
“In my opinion, its reasonable price and ease of use make the LabQuest 2 a valuable tool for students conducting scientific investigations. It can help motivate them toward greater science achievement. If you’re interested in a versatile and cost-effective tool that is user friendly, look no further than Vernier’s LabQuest 2.”
NSTA recently reviewed our Logger Pro 3 software and Go!Motion sensor in their publication, The Science Scope. Reviewer Seth Guiñals-Kupperman praised the system’s ease of use and versatility.
“Between the interface to the software and number of possible applications, this is one of the most modular and versatile tools of scientific investigation a physics teacher is likely to encounter.”
“Putting it all together, if you want a device that just
works for you, no questions asked, I would strongly recommend the Go!Motion sensor from Vernier. It’s great as a stand-alone product because of its USB functionality, but will also be backwards compatible if you do have older Vernier hardware on hand. Logger Pro allows students and teachers to have a very straightforward analysis of the data you collect in lab. It’s a lot of bang for the buck, and a site license costs as much as do many companies’ single-user licenses. Not only that, but when you call tech support, you might even be speaking with Dave Vernier himself.”