Martin Horejsi of NSTA Recommends recently tested the Go Direct® Acceleration sensor and called it a “rock-solid piece of science instrumentation” with an “infinite number of uses.” In the article, “Measuring Murphy’s Law with the Vernier Go Direct Acceleration Sensor,” he describes the technology, and details the numerous hands-on investigations he conducted using the sensor.

He says:

“Attached to mountain bike handlebars, the Vernier Go Direct Acceleration sensor provided detailed and descriptive data about the ups and downs as the bike speeds along a trail.”
“One innovative use of the Vernier Go Direct Acceleration sensor is to attach it to a fly fishing rod. The smooth and precise swing of the fly rod is a desired skill that takes practice. Using the Vernier Go Direct Acceleration sensor to visualize the swing, it was possible to both learn about harmonic motion, and improve the graceful stroke of casting a fly line.”

“Golf clubs, tennis rackets, and baseball bats are also obvious candidates for science fun. In fact, since all activities involve movement (hence the name activity), the Vernier Go Direct Acceleration sensor could be used to create science experiments almost anywhere.”

Go Direct Acceleration is part of the Go Direct family of sensors, which offers educators and students maximum versatility to collect scientific data either wirelessly or via USB connection. Affordable and durable, Go Direct sensors can be used in more than 300 teacher-tested Vernier experiments and are supported by our free graphing and analysis software, Graphical Analysis 4.

Read the complete review of the Go Direct Acceleration on NSTA Recommends »