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Environmental Science Innovative Uses

Vernier Sensors Used in NASA Inquiry Labs

Dan Rosales at American Canyon High School in Napa County, California, was recently featured on KQED Education for teaching a series of six NASA lab activities about the science of climate change. The labs use Vernier sensors across the school curriculum in Anatomy/Physiology, AP Environmental Science, AP Chemistry, and STEM Club. See all six activities…

Subjects: Environmental Science

Products Mentioned

  • Go Direct® CO2 Gas Sensor
  • Go Direct® Temperature Probe
  • Stainless Steel Temperature Probe
  • And 3 more products

A New Take on Angle of Insolation

Paul Osuna, science teacher at Rancho Del Rey Middle School in Chula Vista, California, sent us a new take on the “Angle of Insolation” experiment found in several of our lab books. His intent is to eliminate the concept of Earth’s tilt from the experiment and focus solely on the effect of latitude. In his…

Subjects: Environmental Science

Products Mentioned

  • Light Sensor
  • Voltage Probe
  • Go Direct® Light and Color Sensor
  • Go Direct® Voltage Probe

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

An Amazon Adventure Using LabQuest 2

By Phil Kahler, Tualatin Valley Academy, Hillsboro, OR On July 7, 2015, while participating in the Educator Academy in the Amazon Rainforest, I conducted an exciting data-collection study at the Amazon Conservatory of Tropical Studies (ACTS) in Peru to learn how microclimates change at each vertical layer of a tropical rainforest. The initial idea was…

Subjects: Environmental Science

Products Mentioned

  • LabQuest 2
  • Relative Humidity Sensor
  • PAR Sensor
  • Stainless Steel Temperature Probe

Solar Powered Home

It was a particularly sunny summer in Portland, Oregon, so we had many opportunities to experiment with the Vernier Energy Sensor, the Surface Temperature Sensor, and the Sun Angle Science Kit (which includes three KidWind 2 V/400 mA Solar Panels and the KidWind Power Output Pack). We built a model home to explore the possibility…

Subjects: Environmental Science, Renewable Energy

Products Mentioned

  • Vernier Energy Sensor
  • Surface Temperature Sensor
  • Sun Angle Science Kit

Alternative Energy Generating System

2014 Vernier/NSTA Technology Award winner, Christine Gleason, a teacher at Greenhills School in Ann Arbor, Michigan, expanded her end-of-year unit to continue teaching and applying energy concepts beyond the classroom walls. Gleason’s lesson evolved from a conventional non-renewable energy sources focus to an emphasis on weighing the advantages and disadvantages of alternative, renewable options, as…

Subjects: Environmental Science, Renewable Energy

Products Mentioned

  • Vernier Energy Sensor
  • Surface Temperature Sensor
  • Stainless Steel Temperature Probe
  • And 8 more products

Let There Be Less Light

An Environmental Engineering Challenge We’ve all heard about light pollution and have seen images of the Earth at night. City streetlights are part of the problem, but they are also important for safety on our streets. Can anything be done to strike a balance? Christine O’Neill and Donna Mack, teachers at Lied Middle School in…

Subjects: Environmental Science, Physics

Products Mentioned

  • LabQuest 2
  • Light Sensor

Map Data Using ArcGIS Online

Using Geographic Information System (GIS) software to map data can be a very effective tool for analysis. The steep learning curve with some GIS software can be intimidating. Fortunately, the free online version of ArcGIS from Esri is easy to use with data collected on LabQuest or LabQuest 2. To illustrate, we investigated how temperature…

Subjects: Environmental Science

Products Mentioned

  • LabQuest 2
  • Logger Pro 3

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
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