Vernier Software and Technology
Vernier Software & Technology

Wave Communication Challenge


The goal of this activity is for students to learn more about the history of information technology, how past and current information technology works, and find a way to apply some of that knowledge to creating their own information-transmission device or procedure.

Learning Outcomes

  • Develop a wave-based communication method.
  • Successfully transmit and receive a message using the designed method.

Sensors and Equipment

This experiment features the following Vernier sensors and equipment.

Option 1

Option 2

Additional Requirements

You may also need an interface and software for data collection. What do I need for data collection?

Next Generation Science Standards

Disciplinary Core Ideas

  • PS4.A Wave Properties
  • PS4.C Information Technologies and Instrumentation

Crosscutting Concepts

  • Patterns
  • Energy and Matter

Science and Engineering Practices

  • Asking Questions and Defining Problems
  • Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information
  • Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions

Experiment 31 from Physics Explorations and Projects Lab Book

<i>Physics Explorations and Projects</i> book cover

Included in the Lab Book

Vernier lab books include word-processing files of the student instructions, essential teacher information, suggested answers, sample data and graphs, and more.

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