About this Award
Vernier Software & Technology is committed to helping educators develop the next generation of engineers and scientists. To show our support, we are announcing the Vernier Engineering Award. This $5,500 award will be presented to one educator (a middle school, high school, or college instructor) who is innovatively using Vernier sensors to introduce engineering concepts or engineering practices to their students. If you have developed engaging projects that incorporate activities such as reading Vernier sensors with Scratch to introduce coding, using sensors in the engineering design process, controlling digital outputs based on Vernier sensor inputs, or integrating your Vernier sensors with a robotics platform such as LEGO®, VEX® or Arduino™, we invite you to submit an application.
The award will consist of $1,000 in cash, $3,000 in Vernier technology, and $1,500 toward expenses to attend either the NSTA STEM conference or the ASEE conference. One award will be given to a middle school, high school, or college instructor.
Current instructors of engineering, science, or STEM subjects in middle school, high school, or college are eligible to apply. Applicants must be using Vernier sensors in their classroom instruction. Applicants may not have won previously at their school.
Applications will be judged on innovative ideas, the engineering concepts or practices being taught, and the ease for others to replicate the project. Middle school and high school applicants will specifically need to explain how the project addresses the engineering practices called for in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). A panel of judges comprised of educational professionals from Vernier Software & Technology will score applications.
Applications are accepted through February 15, 2020. Winners will receive notification via email and will be announced in March on the Vernier website and Facebook page.
Terms and Conditions
Instructors at eligible institutions may submit up to three entries. To be eligible, your institution must be properly accredited, located in the United States (or a DoDEA school), and have 50 or more students. Preschools, daycare centers, and home schools are not eligible. The application must be submitted by an employee at the institution who is 18 years of age or older. Technology awarded to the institution will be shipped only to the institution’s address and will become property of the institution.
How to Apply
To apply, produce a video showcasing your entry. This video should briefly describe how you are using the Vernier sensors and what engineering concepts or practices are being addressed. The video should demonstrate the project or experiment in action. Upload your video to YouTube or Vimeo. Please limit your video to 4 minutes or less and do not use copyrighted music.
Complete the online application form. The application will include a space for you to provide a link to your video that you have posted on YouTube or Vimeo.
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