The deeper we dive into this technology-driven century, the more important it is for students to gain the skills needed for the future. Coding helps young learners build valuable experience using the 4Cs of 21st century skills: critical thinking, collaboration, creativity, and communication. 

Already, the students of today are in need of computational-thinking skills. According to Code.org, 67% of all new jobs in STEM involve computer science. Many states have passed legislation that provides additional resources for coding and other STEM initiatives, but it can be difficult for teachers to find the time to learn new technology. 

Vernier has created a series of experiments in Google Workbench that encourage students to use their coding skills to build SAM Labs projects that interact with Vernier sensors. Our “Sound Level Stoplight” activity challenges students to use a Vernier sound sensor and a SAM Labs LED to react in real time to different sound levels in the classroom. Students will translate sound levels into code, so they will gain valuable experience with both data-collection technology and block-based coding. The collaboration between Vernier and SAM Labs was awarded the Tech & Learning Best of Show at TCEA this year.

Our collaboration with SAM Labs provides new opportunities for educators with straightforward ways to incorporate Vernier technology into the classroom while sharpening students’ computational-thinking skills. With Vernier technology and SAM Labs, middle school teachers have a solution that is easy to implement and helps students develop the computer skills they will need for high school, college, and future careers. 

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