Dan Holmquist taught high school chemistry for 22 years. In 1987, Holmquist was the recipient of a Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching. As part of the award, Dave and Christine Vernier sent him (and every Presidential Award winner) a copy of their Graphical Analysis software for use with his Apple II computer.
So impressed with the product were Holmquist and a colleague that they bought several Vernier probes, and then spent the better part of a summer writing labs to go with the tools. Dave Vernier eventually published the collection as the company’s first chemistry lab book for computers.
Vernier award-winning products are now available for elementary-, middle school-, high school-, and college-level classes, for virtually any hardware device, computer platform, and operating system.
In the years since, Vernier has expanded further into chemistry and has developed hardware and software tools that support biology, physiology, Earth science, water-quality studies, and more. Vernier award-winning products are now available for elementary-, middle school-, and high school-level classes, for virtually any hardware device, computer platform, and operating system.
A retired Partner at Vernier, Holmquist, who has been instrumental in the development of many of the company’s data-collection tools, never forgets what it was like during those two decades in the classroom. “I believe we’ve been as successful as we have because we make very high-quality products at a very affordable price,” he says. “Also, we’ve looked at every sensor and thought about how a teacher will use it. But the very best thing we do is that we carefully document how the sensor should be used in the lab. That way, when teachers go to use it, they’re not stuck there, scratching their heads. We’ve really tried to anticipate their needs.”
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