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Instructing with Relevant, Real-World Applications: Evaluating Plastic Waste in the Environment

By Sara Tallarovic Plastics in the environment are prominent in the news lately. As plastic waste finds its way into the environment, it seemingly turns up everywhere—from the deepest ocean trench to high mountain tops, and even in the digestive tracts of seabirds and marine mammals. Categorized by size, microplastics are pieces of plastic waste…

Subjects: Biology

Products Mentioned

  • USB Digital Microscope
  • Celestron Digital Microscope Imager (5 Megapixel)

Test Your Balance with Human Physiology Experiments

Our new lab book contains a complete set of laboratory instructions for our Go Direct human physiology sensors. This book also includes several new and exciting activities, such as the “” experiment. Balance is a complex task that involves input from multiple sensory sources. Visual input, proprioceptors from the limbs and joints, and input from…

Subjects: Biology

Products Mentioned

  • Go Direct® Force and Acceleration Sensor

Celebrating Darwin Day with Vernier Technology

February 12th is Darwin Day, and Darwin’s theory of evolution is one of the central concepts in biology. Experiments in comparative physiology are an excellent way to teach concepts in evolutionary biology. The Vernier Biology Department developed an experiment that investigates the comparative physiology of snails and fish. A comparison of the respiration rates of…

Subjects: Biology

Products Mentioned

  • Logger Pro 3

Study Photosynthesis and Respiration with Bio-Rad® Algae Beads and Go Direct® SpectroVis® Plus Spectrophotometer

Algae beads, along with the , provide a great way to study photosynthesis and respiration. Algae beads consist of freshwater algal cells suspended in sodium alginate and hardened in calcium chloride solution. In this suspension, the algal cells can still undergo cellular respiration and photosynthesis, exchanging gases with the liquid around them. Traditionally, a CO2…

Subjects: Biology

Products Mentioned

  • Go Direct® SpectroVis® Plus Spectrophotometer

Aquatic Photosynthesis and Cellular Respiration

Aquatic plants undergo photosynthesis and cellular respiration much like terrestrial plants. Oxygen dissolves into water when aquatic autotrophs release oxygen as a byproduct of photosynthesis. Dissolved oxygen can be measured directly to determine if aquatic plants undergo photosynthesis or cellular respiration in different conditions. Finding a reliable source of aquatic plants can prove difficult because…

Subjects: Biology

Products Mentioned

  • Go Direct® Optical Dissolved Oxygen Probe
  • Vernier Optical DO Probe

Evolution of Aquatic Respiratory Systems

Experiments in comparative physiology are an excellent way to teach concepts in evolutionary biology. In the Fall 2017 edition of The Caliper, we published a well-received, college-level comparative physiology experiment using scorpions and cockroaches. In response to the many requests we received for a high-school-level activity, the Vernier Biology Department put their heads together and…

Subjects: Biology

Products Mentioned

  • Go Direct® Optical Dissolved Oxygen Probe
  • Vernier Optical DO Probe

Mobile Teaching Laboratory Provides Inspiration Using Vernier Products

William H. Roden, senior scientist, and Dr. Amanda L. Jones, Director of the Science Education Department at Seattle Children’s hospital, have developed several innovative ways to incorporate Vernier technology into their teaching modules. The modules are designed for grades 4–12 and cover a variety of topics including biotechnology, microscopy, human physiology, and neuroscience. Vernier sensors…

Subjects: Biology

Products Mentioned

  • LabQuest Mini
  • Logger Pro 3
  • EKG Sensor
  • Spirometer

Study the Carbon Cycle with a CO2 Gas Sensor and Soil

Studying soil is an easy, yet often overlooked, way to introduce students to the role of cellular respiration in the carbon cycle. The Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) has developed a set of free classroom materials to guide educators through this activity using different methods that measure cellular respiration from soil microbes, often referred…

Subjects: Biology

Products Mentioned

  • CO2 Gas Sensor

Study the Evolution of Respiratory Systems with a CO2 Gas Sensor

Darwin’s theory of evolution is a central concept in biology, and many instructors have been asking how our sensors can be used to teach evolutionary concepts. Experiments that investigate comparative physiology are often a good place to start, and Dr. Sara Tallarovic at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas, has developed…

Subjects: Biology

Products Mentioned

  • CO2 Gas Sensor

Use the FLIR ONE® Thermal Camera to Investigate Skin Vascularity

Thermal imaging of finger (left) and bicep (right) after cooling with ice The Physics Department at Vernier challenged the Biology Department to develop an experiment for the FLIR ONE Thermal Camera and the Vernier Thermal Analysis app. Our physiologist realized that Experiment 2, “Effect of Skin Vascularity on Temperature Recovery,” in Human Physiology with Vernier…

Subjects: Biology

Products Mentioned

  • FLIR ONE® Thermal Camera for iOS
  • Thermal Analysis Plus
  • Graphical Analysis app
  • And 2 more products
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