Vernier Software and Technology
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2015 Vernier Engineering Contest Winners

Vernier Software & Technology sponsors a contest for high school and college teachers to showcase creative uses of Vernier sensors to introduce engineering concepts or engineering practices.

Winner – Middle School

Hot Pocket Robot

Tate Rector

Beebe Public Schools
Beebe, AR

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Tate Rector, an Engineering and Project Lead The Way teacher at Beebe Public Schools, challenged his 8th grade engineering students to present a solution (using Vernier sensors with LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Education EV3) to an everyday problem in order to make connections with the engineering practices identified in NGSS.

Winner – High School

Turning a Staple into a Light Bulb

Ross Gunderson

Delaware County Christian School
Newtown Square, PA

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Ross Gunderson, a Science, Math and Engineering teacher at Delaware County Christian School, culminated his Materials Engineering course with a challenge to create a light bulb from an ordinary staple. This challenge focused on NGSS standard HS-PS3-3, in which students design, build, and refine a device that works within given constraints to convert one energy form into another.

Winner – College

The Solar Oven

Gioya De Souza-Fennelly

Teachers College, Columbia University
New York, NY

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Gioya De Souza-Fennelly, an instructor at Teachers College, Columbia University, teaches STEM/Physical Science Curriculum and Methods to pre-service science teachers. She had her students design and conduct an original middle school/high school hands-on, physical science activity that uses engineering practices, as set forth by the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). One activity challenged students to design a solar oven.

Download their Solar Oven Engineering Project lesson plan

Notable Entry – Middle School

Transportation Safety Issues

Jennifer Hutchinson

Colonia Middle School
Colonia, NJ

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Jennifer Hutchinson at Colonia Middle School who had her students follow NGSS practices to design solutions for transportation safety issues.

Notable Entry – High School

Musical Instruments with Arduino

Steve Cogger

Reading Memorial High School
Reading, MA

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Steve Cogger at Reading Memorial High School for his demonstration of designing musical instruments using Vernier sensors with Arduino to link engineering, science, and art.

Notable Entry – High School


John Tompkins

St. Thomas Aquinas High School
Overland Park, KS

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John Tompkins at St. Thomas Aquinas High School for his “Sustainability” lab that focused on an Air-Air heat exchanger with a focus specifically on NGSS HS-PS3-3.

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