Vernier Software and Technology
Vernier Software & Technology

Coding with Makeblock® Robots

Why Teach Coding with Vernier?

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 mBot, students learn entry-level coding skills that extend beyond the screen as they program robots to interact with the physical world.

mBot with Activities module

Exclusive Vernier STEM Activities

Coding with mBot: Self-Driving Vehicles

Enhance your coding instruction with our collaborative STEM activity module, Coding with mBot: Self-Driving Vehicles. This module includes a set of nine guided activities so you and your students can successfully learn to program mBot to mimic many self-driving car actions.

FREE download with your purchase of mBot from Vernier. This module may also be purchased individually for $15.

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mBot Robot Kit

Recommended for K–8 and High School Coders

Students get a hands-on experience building their own mBot, programming it, and watching it come to life. Add accessories to create a dancing cat, a smart lamp, or many other creative projects.

mBot Robots mBot Accessories

Codey Rocky

Recommended for K–8 Coders

The Codey Rocky robot combines easy-to-use robotic hardware with graphical programming to provide students with the ideal introduction to coding.

Codey Rocky
Makeblock Neuron Inventor Kit

Neuron Inventor Kit

Recommended for K–8 Coders

Makeblock Neuron is a programmable electronic building block that allows students to create fully functioning gadgets in just minutes.

Neuron Inventor Kit
mBot Ranger

mBot Ranger

Recommended for Middle and High School Coders

mBot Ranger is a STEM educational robot kit that supports three building forms: Off-Road Land Raider, Dashing Raptor, and Self-Balancing Nervous Bird.

mBot Ranger

mBlock Software

mBlock programming software enables beginners to simply drag-and-drop command blocks to program their mBot without a need for coding experience.

mBlock Software

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

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

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 Vernier’s two 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

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

Josh Ence

Josh Ence

Engineering Educational Technology Specialist

Sam Swartley

Sam Swartley

Director of Engineering Education

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.

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 Vernier’s two 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.

Tom Smith

Tom Smith

Engineering Educational Technology Specialist

Dave Vernier

Dave Vernier

Co-President and Co-Founder

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.

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.

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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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