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2010 Vernier/NSTA Technology Award Winners

The award, co-sponsored by Vernier and NSTA, is part of the NSTA Teacher Award Program. Each year, educators are recognized for their planned or current innovative use of data-collection technology.


Judy Heitkamp

Making Science Matter

  • Judy Heitkamp
  • 4th Grade Teacher
  • Prarie Elementary School
  • Worthington, MN


Judy will use Vernier data-collection technology with her 4th grade students to study how humans can affect the quality of the water supply in their community.

Middle School

Nicole Ackerson

Sea Monkey Science

  • Nicole Ackerson
  • 8th Grade Science Instructor
  • Berkeley Preparatory School
  • Tampa, FL


Nicole developed an innovative cross-curricular activity that connects biology, mathematics and engineering using LEGO® NXT® robotics and Vernier sensors.

Cynthia Ollendyke

Our Back Yard

  • Cynthia Ollendyke
  • 8th Grade Science Teacher
  • Peters Township Middle School
  • McMurray, PA


Cynthia will have her students use Vernier probeware to determine if the area behind her school is environmentally healthy.

High School

Steve Ahn

Probing the Virginia Creeper Bike Trail

  • Steve Ahn
  • Earth Science and Biology Teacher
  • Abingdon High School
  • Abingdon, VA


Steve plans to have his students use GPS and sensor data to predict the type of underlying base rock along the Virginia Creeper bike trial. This is Steve’s second Vernier Technology Award.

Stephen Biscotte

The PIT Crew: Physicians In Training

  • Stephen Biscotte
  • Anatomy & Physiology and Biology Teacher
  • Cave Spring High School
  • Roanoke, VA


Stephen has created a Physicians-In-Training program where he uses physiology sensors to incorporate real-world experiences into his anatomy and physiology curriculum.

Deborah Carder

Monitoring Water Quality in Retention Ponds

  • Deborah Carder
  • Physical Science and Agricultural Science Teacher
  • Fruitvale High School
  • Fruitvale, TX


Deborah will have her students do water quality testing on the retention ponds located on school property.


Brian Geislinger

Understanding the Significance of Light Curves

  • Brian Geislinger
  • Physics Instructor
  • Gadsden State Community College
  • Gadsden, AL


Brian has his introductory astronomy students use a Light Sensor to measure small variations in light intensity in model solar systems he created.

Vernier Technology Award

Seven awards are available: one elementary, two middle school, three high school, and one college level. The awards, each valued at $5,500, include $1,000 in cash, $3,000 in Vernier technology, and up to $1,500 in expenses for attending the NSTA convention.

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Past Winners

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