Beaverton, OR – June 19, 2006 – Full-time science teachers from elementary to college level are eligible to apply for the Vernier Software & Technology/National Science Teachers Association Technology Award. Vernier will provide up to seven awards, each valued at $3000, for 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 toward travel and expenses to attend NSTA’s National Convention in 2007. Entries will be judged by a panel of experts appointed by NSTA and are due by October 15, 2006. Downloadable applications and guidelines are available on the website www.vernier.com/grants.
“Inquiry-based activities create an opportunity for very effective learning and lasting knowledge in students.” said David Vernier, co-founder of Vernier and former physics teacher. “Each year, we offer this award in conjunction with NSTA to reward teachers for extraordinary practices and to share their methods with others. Creative science teachers can unlock students’ desires to continue into science and math careers.”
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 an 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, 2006. 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, and software, their products can be found in education from middle school to college. Vernier helps teachers enhance their science curriculum, increase learning, and build students’ critical thinking skills. For more information visit www.vernier.com.