In Dream Science Classroom, The Science Channel makes the education wishes of Rahway, N.J. Middle School science teacher, Brad Edwards, come true as it chronicles the design and build of a cutting edge, futuristic science classroom. Vernier Software & Technology participated by donating sensors and software to the project. The following clip shows Vernier consultant David Carter working with Designer Derek Wybourn to understand how to use a Go!Motion USB motion detector and Logger Lite software.
In a holiday episode of MythBusters, several “myths” related to celebrating December holidays were investigated. One featured investigating whether a frozen turkey could break your foot. As part of the test, they dropped a turkey on a Vernier Force Plate and investigated the force-time graph using Logger Pro 3 software. They then proceeded to drop the turkey on a simulated foot with some not so surprising results. If you are brave enough to try this on your own, we recommend choosing a sampling rate of 250 samples per second, and be sure to drop the turkey on the force plate and not on your toes.
In the true spirit of the holiday season, we decided to perform some tests to quantify the differences between LED and traditional holiday lighting options. We tested the “clear” C7 sized LED and incandescent bulbs.
The ALTA II Reflectance Spectrometer is a rugged, simple classroom instrument, designed to help students learn about light, color, and spectroscopy. Using the spectrometer, students can easily and rapidly collect data on the proportions of colored light (including infrared) that reflect from real-world objects.
Alan Gleue, physics teacher at Lawrence High School in Lawrence, Kansas, called our tech support line with a challenge. He wanted to be able to use Vernier sensors to investigate resistivity in copper wire. The issue was troubling Alan – how to measure small changes in voltage with enough precision to be able to see the relationship between wire length, cross-sectional area, and resistance.
Brian Lamore, physical science teacher at the Chinquapin School in Highlands, Texas, wanted to get his students to investigate which battery was the best. Based on their experiences (and with a little help from advertising) the students made their predictions.
Our special 25th anniversary edition of The Caliper debuts Vernier Biotechnology, Vernier SensorDAQ, and the Vernier Infrared Thermometer! Read it online or join our mailing list to have The Caliper delivered to you twice a year.