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Innovative Uses

Earth Science Innovative Uses

Modeling Planetary Transits Using a Light Sensor

Experiment setup for identifying planetary transits with a Vernier Light Sensor Maya Falck, Scott Godsen, and Rebeca Waysek, teachers at The Spence School in New York City, New York, were inspired by an activity developed through NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope site that demonstrates the technique of using planetary transits to identify new exoplanets. The teachers…

Subjects: Earth Science, Physics

Products Mentioned

  • Light Sensor

Beachin’ It

There’s a beach somewhere out there and Sarasota County School District middle-school students can be found on it! Middle school science teachers Dorothy Rieger and Amy Proch-Moore have developed an experience that lets students apply concepts learned in the classroom to their observations and measurements in the field. The experience involves analyzing the properties of…

Subjects: Earth Science, Environmental Science, Middle School Science

Products Mentioned

  • Stainless Steel Temperature Probe
  • TI-Nspire Lab Cradle
  • Light Sensor
  • TI-Nspire CX Handheld

Spectral Analysis of Fireflies

10 year-old Ben Carter of Nashville, Tennessee, was curious about the light given off by a firefly. Ben has inherited his natural curiosity and love of science from his father, Vernier consultant David Carter. Ben borrowed his dad’s Vernier Spectrometer and used it to capture the emission spectra of the fireflies. It took a lot…

Subjects: Earth Science

Products Mentioned

  • Vernier Spectrometer
  • Logger Pro 3

Creating a Topographic Map with Motion Detectors

Brillion Middle School teachers Ryan Peterson and Matt Van Thiel have their 8th grade Earth Science students do a fun and engaging activity on topographic mapping. The activity is based on the Earth Science with Vernier activity “Ocean Floor Mapping.” Using plastic utility tarps, they create a simulated lake in their classroom. Fishing line is…

Subjects: Earth Science

Products Mentioned

  • Motion Detector
  • LabPro
  • Logger Pro 3

Stephen Edberg’s Space Science Labs

Stephen J. Edberg (Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA) has written two interesting labs using our sensors to study topics in space science. One lab is modeled after spacecraft that use magnetometers to explore the interiors of planets. Students use our Magnetic Field Sensor to investigate models of planets made of clay that have magnets imbedded…

Subjects: Earth Science

Products Mentioned

  • LabPro
  • Logger Pro 3
  • Force Plate
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