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.
Eisenhower Middle School, Manhattan, KS
Herald introduces her students to technology through science exploration. With this award, Herald will add pH Sensors to her “Easy Bake Oven® Heat Transfer Lab,” which investigates the pH of different cakes and chemical reactions. She will also add Light Sensors for physics investigations, as well as Temperature Probes for various investigations.
La Center Middle School, La Center, WA
Schneider’s electronics engineering class works alongside a local scientist to create control boxes for underwater remotely-operated vehicles (ROVs). As part of her winning project, students will extend their understanding of engineering concepts by using Vernier sensors with LabQuest 2 to conduct water-quality tests at nearby wetlands with their ROVs.
Long Beach Polytechnic High School, Long Beach, CA
Hale-Hanes challenges students to solve real-world chemistry problems through her investigation, “Design a Biological Buffer for Water Treatment.” Based on the World Water Monitoring project that delivers potable water to people around the world, students will use the Vernier pH Sensor with LabQuest and software to test their selected buffers.
The Archer School for Girls, Los Angeles, CA
Seniors in Sengstaken’s System Biology and Disease course gain an understanding of body structure and function in health and disease through technology-based projects. After studying the anatomy and physiology of the muscular system, students design their own experiment utilizing the Vernier EKG Sensor to investigate muscle function and neuromuscular reflexes.
Goldsboro High School, Goldsboro, NC
In “The Effects of UV Radiation on Bacterial Cell Growth,” Coston’s chemistry students utilize Cell Theory with a variety of Vernier sensors to conduct an inquiry-based investigation of UV radiation and its effects on cellular growth. Students learn sterile laboratory techniques and gain an understanding of the effects of environmental radiation.
West High School, Torrance, CA
Schenkelberg is transforming her Muscular System Unit to include more data-collection technology and Common Core practices for students to research and present practical applications of learned concepts. Her anatomy and physiology students will complete a series of data-collection inquiry labs using Vernier’s EKG Sensor and Hand Dynamometer to investigate the electromyogram (EMG).
Colby Community College, Colby, KS
As the only biology teacher at her college, Bulfer designs labs that solidify biological principles and encourage students to extend their knowledge through real-world application. Bulfer will expand Vernier’s “Photosynthesis and Respiration” experiment to investigate photosynthesis and respiration rates of different agricultural crops grown in northwest Kansas, home of the college.
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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