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.
Greenfield School, Wilson, NC
Covey Denton engages students to form real-world connections by using Vernier sensors to study the arctic biome and the animals that live in these cold climates. Students use Vernier temperature probes to study the thermal insulation qualities of feathers, air, and blubber to discover the unique adaptations that allow arctic animals to survive.
Altona Middle School, Longmont, CO
First year teacher Rachel Arbor uses data-collection technologies to encourage students to make connections among interdisciplinary subjects such as science, math, and music. Through hands-on, collaborative work, students study how energy and waves move through our world. Students are able to directly observe scientific phenomena such as albedo, amplitude, frequency, and velocity.
Washington Middle School, Dubuque, IA
As part of a STEAM-based project, Christopher Sindt challenged his students to plan, create, design, implement, and market a model roller coaster track. Students used photogates to track the velocity of a marble through the track and validate their claims that their roller coasters were safe for patrons using accurate data.
Anne Marie Lavelle
St. Edward High School, Lakewood, OH
Ann Marie Lavelle believes it is important for students to understand the environmental impact of pollution on freshwater ecosystems. Students used Vernier technologies to conduct scientific investigations on water quality samples to study the impact of agricultural runoff, pollutions, algae blooms, destruction of habitat, and beach fouling from nearby Lake Erie.
Gaithersburg High School, Gaithersburg, MD
In a co-taught chemistry class, special education/science teacher Jocelyn Virtudes encouraged students to explore how the identity and concentration of Hofmeister anions impact the behavior of macromolecules such as egg whites. Students used Vernier temperature probes to record temperature data during clear-to-cloudy transitions. The scattering of light as salt concentration increases was also studied using a turbidity sensor.
Holy Spirit High School, Conception Bay South, NL Canada
Patrick Wells believes sensation and perception are important for the study of science and uses Vernier data-collection devices to support student inquiry. His student-centered learning model encourages students to observe, think, challenge prior misconceptions, and resolve questions with group members and teachers, leading to the formation of durable memories.
Muskingum University, New Concord, OH
Assistant Professor of Chemistry Seth Barrett has students study the chemical kinetics and mechanism of the oxidation of iodide by iron (III) ions using Vernier instrumentation and data-collection software in his upper-level chemistry course. Based on proposed elementary steps of the reaction, students determine the rate expression and use the initial rates method to determine which of the steps in the proposed mechanism is rate-determining.
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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