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Vernier and Texas Instruments Team to SimplifyScience and Math Data-Collection Technology

Beaverton, OR – January 26, 2005 – Vernier Software & Technology today announced a new level of simplicity in collecting data with the TI-84 Plus family of graphing calculators. The Vernier EasyTemp is a sensor that plugs directly into the calculators’ built-in USB port and eliminates the need for an additional interface when collecting temperature data. The Vernier EasyData application comes pre-loaded on TI’s newest graphing calculators: the TI-84 Plus and the TI-84 Plus Silver Edition. The technology is simple to use: once the EasyTemp sensor is plugged in, the EasyData program automatically launches, and you are ready to collect data.

“Texas Instruments and Vernier are long-time partners, and our newest collaboration has greatly simplified data collection with TI graphing calculators,” said David Vernier, co-founder of Vernier and former physics teacher. “In the past, math and science educators bought their calculators and had to download an application. Now they just plug in the EasyTemp probe, and they are ready to collect data. It’s the perfect solution for collecting temperature data with a calculator.”

Designed for students from middle school through the early college years, EasyTemp and the TI-84 Plus family of graphing calculators are portable enough to be used for collecting temperature data in the field as well as in the classroom. The stainless steel EasyTemp probe is durable for classroom use and covers a temperature range of -20 to 110 degrees Celsius.

Students can operate the Vernier EasyData application quickly and easily by using the five graph keys located directly below the calculator’s graph screen. Vernier EasyData options are displayed in pop-up dialog boxes or simple wizards. Once the data have been collected, the student can use the functionality of the calculator to analyze the data or download the data to a computer using a TI GRAPH-LINK™ cable and Vernier’s Logger Pro 3 software. Vernier EasyData is also compatible for use with the TI-83 Plus family of graphing calculators and CBL 2™ and the Vernier LabPro® data-collection systems.

“Vernier EasyData and Vernier EasyTemp make data gathering much more intuitive. The use of the graphing buttons as controls of the menu reduces the number of different types of key strokes and again focuses the user on the data gathering aspect of the experience,” said John Heil, science teacher at International School in Kirkland, Washington. “This application combines the ease of computer software with the portability and price advantage of a graphing calculator.”

Two activities are included with the purchase of the EasyTemp probe, and 10 additional activities can be downloaded from wwww.vernier.com/ez-tmp. The web page also includes eight activities for middle school and high school science, as well as two activities for high school math.

“I found both Vernier EasyTemp and Vernier EasyData very simple to use,” said Richelle Blair, professor of mathematics at Lakeland Community College in Kirkland, Ohio. “I’m a person who tries technology before reading the instructions, and I was able to figure out how to work with the sensor and application with little instruction.”

Pricing and Availability
The Vernier EasyTemp probe will be available in late February from Vernier Software & Technology for a price of $38. The Vernier EasyData application is currently available and may be downloaded for free onto any TI-84 Plus or TI-83 Plus family of graphing calculators at wwww.vernier.com/easydata.

About Vernier Software & Technology
Vernier Software & Technology has been an innovator of data-collection technology for more than 20 years and has provided an award-winning, data-collection interface for calculators through a partnership with Texas Instruments for over 10 years. Vernier’s easy-to-use and affordable science interfaces, sensors, software and curriculum, can be found in education from middle school to college. Vernier’s latest endeavors provide quality tools for elementary schools. Vernier helps teachers enhance their science curriculum, increase learning, and build students’ critical thinking skills. For more information, visit Vernier online at www.vernier.com.

Inexpensive Motion Detector Facilitates

Beaverton, OR – January 26, 2005 – The new Go! Motion from Vernier Software & Technology provides science and math teachers with an inexpensive and easy-to-use motion detector for use with computers. Go! Motion enables students to engage in hands-on collection of real-world data. With Go! Motion students can quickly collect accurate motion data, which helps them better understand advanced concepts such as position, velocity, and acceleration. The ease of use and instant feedback enhances the learning process and generates student enthusiasm.

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Vernier Software & Technology Offers Educators Free Resources

Beaverton, OR – January 26, 2005 – Vernier Software & Technology is offering math and science educators an array of free resources to help them familiarize themselves with data-collection techniques, tools and software.

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Vernier’s Logger Pro Software Earns Special Legacy Award from “Technology & Learning” Magazine

Beaverton, OR – January 26, 2005 – Vernier Software & Technology is honored to announce that its Logger Pro 3 data-collection software was selected as a Legacy Award winner in “Technology & Learning” magazine’s 2004 Awards of Excellence. Logger Pro 3 is the most recent update of the Logger Pro program.

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