Beaverton, OR – July 15, 2004 – Full-time science teachers from elementary to college level are eligible to apply for the Vernier Software & Technology/National Science Teachers Association Technology Award. The organizations will provide seven awards, each valued at $3000, will be given to educators who demonstrate innovative uses of data-collection technology using a computer, graphing calculator, or other handheld device in the science classroom.
The awards will be given to one elementary teacher, two middle school teachers, three high school teachers and one college-level educator. Each will receive a $1000 cash award, $1000 in Vernier equipment, and $1000 towards travel and expenses to attend NSTA’s National Convention in 2005. Entries will be judged by a panel of experts appointed by the NSTA and are due by October 15, 2004. Downloadable applications and guidelines are available on the website www.vernier.com/grants.
“We created this award in 2003-4 as a way to help educators fund data-collection technology in the classroom, as well as to provide a venue for highlighting innovative teaching,” said David Vernier, co-founder of Vernier and former physics teacher. “In addition to accomplishing these goals, it has given us the opportunity to reward and celebrate the creativity and commitment of science teachers.”
To submit for the award, educators can be nominated or self-nominated. Applications should include an application form, an abstract of the program in 250 words or less, a program description, a copy of actual lab activity, a nominee’s Vita, and letters of support. Original application materials, along with five copies of all materials, should be mailed to NSTA, Vernier Technology Awards, 1840 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22201-3000. Nominations must be received by October 15, 2004. For more information call NSTA at 703-243-7100
About Vernier Software & Technology
Vernier Software & Technology has been an innovator of data-collection technology for more than 20 years. Creating easy-to-use and affordable science interfaces, sensors, probes and software, their products can be found in education from middle school to college. Their latest endeavors provide quality tools for elementary schools. Vernier helps teachers enhance their science curriculum, increase learning and build students’ critical thinking skills.