Vernier Software and Technology
Vernier Software & Technology

Engineering, Coding, and Robotics
Coding, Robotics, Bridge Testing, and Renewable Energy

Technology-based solutions enhance STEM education, increase learning, and build students’ critical thinking skills.
Elementary students using mBlock to control a mBot

Coding in the Classroom

Coding in the classroom has become an important way to introduce problem solving, nurture creativity, increase critical thinking, and build confidence, all while learning a new language.

Vernier offers a range of coding solutions—from entry-level block-based languages to advanced instrument-control programming. With Vernier technology and an appropriate coding application, students can create code to control robots, incorporate sensor input, and create sensor-controlled projects.

  • Entry-Level

    Colorful and modularized drag-and-drop graphical blocks make it easy for beginning programmers to learn to code.

  • Intermediate

    With text-based coding, students can build on their coding knowledge while learning new skills and solving more complex problems. Vernier code libraries and sample code provide support for Go Direct® sensors using the following intermediate programming languages:

  • Advanced

    Programming languages used by researchers and professional engineers introduce students to automation, advanced analysis, and sensor-controlled projects.

Student using mBlock app on tablet to program a mBot robot to navigate obstacle course

Coding with Robots

The benefits of coding extend beyond their practical applications in the job market. When students learn to code, they learn to organize, express, and share their ideas in a whole new way. With robotics in the classroom, students learn coding skills that extend beyond the screen as they program robots to interact with the physical world.

Coding with Makeblock Robots

Using Makeblock® robots, students learn coding skills in a fun and tactile way. Students easily program their robots with block-based programming—prior coding experience is not required.

Makeblock Robots


Coding with LEGO® MINDSTORMS® EV3

LEGO® MINDSTORMS® EV3 gives students the power to create and command their own robotic LEGO® creatures, vehicles, machines, and inventions. By combining LEGO® elements with a programmable brick, motors, and sensors, students can make their creations walk, talk, grab, think, and do almost anything they can imagine.

LEGO® MINDSTORMS® EV3

  • LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Education EV3 Core Set with Charger

    LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Education EV3 Core Set is a hands-on robotics and coding solution that engages students using the familiar LEGO® brick platform and easy-to-learn, easy-to-use EV3 Software and EV3 Programming app.

  • LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Education EV3 Expansion Set

    The Expansion Set contains a wide range of structural and mechanical elements to augment the LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Education EV3 Core Set. Students can deepen their experience with the additional building programs and instructions.

  • LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Sensor Adapter

    Enhance your robots with Vernier sensors for measuring everything from temperature to force, light level, UV level, pH, and more. The NXT Sensor Adapter allows compatible sensors to work on the LEGO® MINDSTORMS® EV3 and LEGO® MINDSTORMS® NXT robotics systems.

Activities

Each book includes ready-to-use student instructions, teaching tips, sample data, and customizable word-processing files of the student pages.

Coding with mBot: Self-Driving Vehicles

  • Appropriate for middle school and high school students
  • Topics include automatic lane changes, autonomous parking, security systems, and avoiding obstacles.
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Coding with Codey Rocky: Mission to Mars

Coding with Codey Rocky: Mission to Mars

  • Appropriate for middle school students
  • Topics include fundamental programming structures, simulating a robotic exploration of Mars, and more.
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Vernier Engineering Projects with LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Education EV3

Vernier Engineering Projects with LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Education EV3

  • Appropriate for middle school and high school students
  • Topics include using robots to test batteries, locate “land mines”, automate plant watering, and more.
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Engineering Projects with NI LabVIEW and Vernier

Engineering Projects with NI LabVIEW and Vernier

  • Appropriate for university and high school students
  • Topics include analog and digital input, sensor calibration, feedback and control, servo and stepper motors, PID control, and more.
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Hands-On Introduction to NI LabVIEW™ with Vernier

Hands-On Introduction to NI LabVIEW with Vernier

  • Appropriate for university and high school students
  • Topics include running example virtual instruments, reading and analyzing data, creating a temperature conversion, and more.
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Students applying engineering processes to evaluate structure failure

Structures and Materials Testing

Science experiments traditionally focus on a particular principle and specify which tools to use in the investigation. Engineering activities, on the other hand, typically present a problem and challenge students to apply creativity and limited materials to solve it.

Increase student engagement by including engineering activities in your science curriculum. Engineering activities offer an alternative form of assessment and foster good problem-solving skills by connecting mathematics and physics concepts to real-world bridges and structures.

  • Vernier Structures & Materials Tester

    Use the Vernier Structures & Materials Tester (VSMT), along with the engineering design method, to design, build, and test structures.

  • Truss Tester Accessory

    The Truss Tester Accessory for the Vernier Structures & Materials Tester (VSMT) provides a fast and effective method to evaluate the strength of trusses.

  • Vernier Bridge Competition Software

    Vernier Bridge Competition Software is a free Windows® and macOS® application that is used to visualize forces acting on structures.

Engineering Education Resources

Renewable Energy

Explore wind and solar energy with experiment kits, sensors, and lab books for KidWind projects, challenges, and competitions.

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Project Lead the Way

Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is the leading provider of rigorous and innovative STEM education curricular programs used in middle and high schools across the US.

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Engineering Contest

Vernier recognizes instructors for creative uses of Vernier sensors to introduce engineering concepts and/or practices.

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Engineering for Science Classrooms

Increase student engagement by including engineering activities in your science curriculum.

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We’re Engineers. We’re Educators. We Are Your Team.

Sam Swartley

Sam Swartley

Director of Engineering Education

After receiving his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Gonzaga University, Sam worked in industry for seven years using NI LabVIEW software. He assisted in the creation of two of the Vernier engineering lab books, Hands-On Introduction to NI LabVIEW with Vernier and Engineering Projects with NI LabVIEW and Vernier.

Sam spends his time skiing on the mountain, hiking the numerous wooded trails, or exploring the Oregon coast. Enjoying the ease of bicycle-friendly streets, Sam is a committed bicycle commuter. He is also a dedicated soccer fan, and he supports the Portland Timbers by attending every game.

Contact Sam at engineering@vernier.com

Tom Smith

Tom Smith

Engineering Educational Technology Specialist

Before coming to Vernier, Tom taught Physics, AP Physics C, and Principles of Engineering for nine years at Lake Oswego High School in Lake Oswego, Oregon. During his teaching career, Tom explored the effect of low gravity on convection cooling in NASA’s Reduced Gravity Education Program.

Tom earned his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Oregon State University and a M.S. in Environmental Engineering from Tufts University, and he spent a decade working in private industry before becoming a teacher. In addition, Tom was an officer in the Coast Guard, serving aboard the USCGC Polar Star.

Tom enjoys caring for his large garden and fruit orchard. On the days that he does not have his pruning shears in hand, he can be found fly fishing on the Deschutes River.

Contact Tom at engineering@vernier.com

Josh Ence

Josh Ence

Engineering Educational Technology Specialist

Josh has nine years of experience teaching physics and engineering in Fairfax County, Virginia. He challenged his students to a water rocket competition each year, and Josh mentored a FIRST® Robotics Competition team for most of his teaching career. Josh earned his B.S. in physics from Brigham Young University and a Master’s degree in Science Education from Virginia Tech.

As an avid cyclist, Josh commutes to work daily by bicycle. He is also a member of Vernier’s Green Team. Josh enjoys exploring the sights that Oregon has to offer with his family.

Contact Josh at engineering@vernier.com

Dave Vernier

Dave Vernier

Co-President and Co-Founder

During his eight years of experience teaching high school physics and physical science, Dave programmed software applications that helped his students see live data and scientific phenomena in real time. Encouraged to share his applications, Dave founded the company with his wife, Christine, more than 30 years ago. Dave received his B.S. in Physics from Ohio State University and his M.S. in General Science from Oregon State University.

Dave feels lucky to be healthy and to still have the ability to enjoy Portland’s neighborhoods and parks by running or walking with his wife. He enjoys playing his guitar and sampling the good Oregon wines and brews.

Contact Dave at engineering@vernier.com

Sam Swartley

Sam Swartley

Director of Engineering Education

Tom Smith

Tom Smith

Engineering Educational Technology Specialist

After receiving his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Gonzaga University, Sam worked in industry for seven years using NI LabVIEW software. He assisted in the creation of two of the Vernier engineering lab books, Hands-On Introduction to NI LabVIEW with Vernier and Engineering Projects with NI LabVIEW and Vernier.

Sam spends his time skiing on the mountain, hiking the numerous wooded trails, or exploring the Oregon coast. Enjoying the ease of bicycle-friendly streets, Sam is a committed bicycle commuter. He is also a dedicated soccer fan, and he supports the Portland Timbers by attending every game.

Before coming to Vernier, Tom taught Physics, AP Physics C, and Principles of Engineering for nine years at Lake Oswego High School in Lake Oswego, Oregon. During his teaching career, Tom explored the effect of low gravity on convection cooling in NASA’s Reduced Gravity Education Program.

Tom earned his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Oregon State University and a M.S. in Environmental Engineering from Tufts University, and he spent a decade working in private industry before becoming a teacher. In addition, Tom was an officer in the Coast Guard, serving aboard the USCGC Polar Star.

Tom enjoys caring for his large garden and fruit orchard. On the days that he does not have his pruning shears in hand, he can be found fly fishing on the Deschutes River.

Josh Ence

Josh Ence

Engineering Educational Technology Specialist

Dave Vernier

Dave Vernier

Co-President and Co-Founder

Josh has nine years of experience teaching physics and engineering in Fairfax County, Virginia. He challenged his students to a water rocket competition each year, and Josh mentored a FIRST® Robotics Competition team for most of his teaching career. Josh earned his B.S. in physics from Brigham Young University and a Master’s degree in Science Education from Virginia Tech.

As an avid cyclist, Josh commutes to work daily by bicycle. He is also a member of Vernier’s Green Team. Josh enjoys exploring the sights that Oregon has to offer with his family.

During his eight years of experience teaching high school physics and physical science, Dave programmed software applications that helped his students see live data and scientific phenomena in real time. Encouraged to share his applications, Dave founded the company with his wife, Christine, more than 30 years ago. Dave received his B.S. in Physics from Ohio State University and his M.S. in General Science from Oregon State University.

Dave feels lucky to be healthy and to still have the ability to enjoy Portland’s neighborhoods and parks by running or walking with his wife. He enjoys playing his guitar and sampling the good Oregon wines and brews.

Stellar Service
Makes a Measurable Difference

Stellar Service Makes a Measurable Difference

Stellar Service

Makes a Measurable Difference

Stellar Service Makes a Measurable Difference

Engaging students in the collection and analysis of scientific data takes innovative technology. It also takes stellar service from the partner you choose. At Vernier, our priority is to provide science educators with unparalleled customer service, technical support, and resources so that you are always supported when integrating our technology.

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