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Engineering Education Innovative Uses

myVitals: A Student Engineering Project

Inspired to help his grandmother receive medical treatment at home rather than in the hospital, Mikolaj (Nick) Mroszczak, a mechanical engineering student at Cardiff University, developed a web-connected medical monitor using Vernier sensors during his internship at National Instruments. (While Vernier sensors are not intended for medical applications, they can easily connect to a variety…

Subjects: Engineering Education

Products Mentioned

  • EKG Sensor
  • Spirometer

The Greenhills Renewable Energy Dashboard

GRED dashboard displaying rooftop data from the wind turbine, solar array, and green roof Innovatively using Vernier technology beyond the walls and time constraints of a typical classroom, Chris Gleason, a middle school science teacher, and her husband, Jim, a retired electrical engineer, created the Greenhills Renewable Energy Dashboard (GRED). GRED collects, displays, and archives…

Subjects: Engineering Education

Products Mentioned

  • SensorDAQ
  • Current Probe
  • Voltage Probe
  • And 2 more products

Testing Chalk with VSMT

Shane Clarkson, a master’s degree candidate in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University, has come up with a great reason to keep chalk on your purchasing list. Shane has developed an experiment for introductory engineering students to explore the strength of blackboard chalk. Front view of centered 3-point loading condition In the experiment, students determine the…

Subjects: Engineering Education

Products Mentioned

  • Vernier Structures & Materials Tester

Investigating Solar Panel Output

The solar industry is in the midst of a rapid period of growth. According to The Solar Foundation’s 2013 National Solar Jobs Census, employment in the solar industry has grown by 53% since 2010. The Solar Foundation’s study went on to report that one in every 142 new jobs in the United States was created…

Subjects: Engineering Education, Environmental Science

Products Mentioned

  • LabQuest 2
  • Vernier Energy Sensor
  • Solar Energy Exploration Kit
  • Logger Pro 3

Can Adding a Nose Cone Improve Turbine Efficiency?

Three-bladed wind turbine with 4-inch spherical cap nose cone After reading about engineers at GE experimenting with nose cones to improve wind turbine efficiency, we decided to design and test our own nose cones on a KidWind Wind Turbine. One of our engineers created two different spherical-cap-shaped nose cones in a CAD program and printed…

Subjects: Engineering Education, Environmental Science

Products Mentioned

  • LabQuest 2
  • KidWind Basic Wind Experiment Kit
  • Vernier Energy Sensor

Using Arduino and VPython to Explore PID Control

By Tom Smith It started as an off-hand challenge. While observing a ping pong ball suspended in a clear tube below a Motion Detector and buoyed by a small fan—a favorite demonstration of how we can use our sensors with NI LabVIEW™ software—Dave Vernier said, “You know, I bet we could do this with an…

Subjects: Engineering Education

Products Mentioned

  • Vernier Arduino Interface Shield
  • SparkFun RedBoard with cable
  • Motion Detector
  • Digital Control Unit

Inquiry Investigation of Factors Affecting Deflection of a Center-Loaded Beam

The heart of experimental physics involves determining power relationships between variables related to specific physical phenomena. The electrical power generated from flowing water spinning a turbine is proportional to the cube of the volume of water moved per unit time. For a fixed mass of gas under a constant temperature, absolute pressure and volume are…

Subjects: Engineering Education

Products Mentioned

  • Vernier Structures & Materials Tester
  • LabQuest 2

Stopping a Zombie Apocalypse with TI and Vernier Technology

By Fred Fotsch Summertime finds parents scrambling to find meaningful activities that will enrich their child’s education and also provide a deserved break from the routine of the traditional school year. Of late, theme-based STEM camps have popped up all over the nation to offer our children the opportunity to learn more about science, engineering,…

Subjects: Engineering Education, Math

Products Mentioned

  • TI-Nspire CX Handheld
  • EasyLink
  • pH Sensor
  • And 2 more products

Electric Shock Drowning

The Aquabot with one LEGO NXT robot, two Vernier NXT Sensor Adapters, and two Vernier Current Probes This year, the FIRST® LEGO® League competition theme was “Nature’s Fury: Prepare, Stay Safe, Rebuild.” Team 1110, the CyborGirlz of Regina Caeli Academy in Spring, Texas, was inspired to study flood conditions based on reports from recent flooding…

Subjects: Engineering Education

Products Mentioned

  • NXT Sensor Adapter
  • Current Probe

STEM at the Racetrack

In 2013, Project Lead The Way (PLTW) partnered with INDYCAR® to create a unique outreach initiative for eighth-grade students called The Future of Fast. Activity pods were set up at various INDYCAR race venues throughout the country to provide hands-on STEM activities centered on the INDYCAR car, tires, fuel, engine, and safety. The goals of…

Subjects: Engineering Education

Products Mentioned

  • 25-g Accelerometer
  • LabQuest 2
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