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Native American College and High School Get Vernier Technology Grant

To celebrate 30 years of serving STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) education, Beaverton, Oregon-based company Vernier is donating $10,000 worth of equipment to 30 schools across the country. Two of those schools are Blackfeet Community College (BCC), a tribal college in Browning, Montana and Menominee Indian High School in Keshena, Wisconsin.

Source: Indian Country Today Media Network

Vernier 30th Anniversary Party at Salishan

Over 90 employees and their families enjoyed two nights on the Oregon coast to celebrate Vernier’s 30th anniversary. We shared a dinner, watched a photo slideshow, danced to a live band, and enjoyed a surprise appearance by our own Sonny and Cher singing “We Are Vernier.”

Vernier Goes Backpacking

On September 6th, 20 Vernier employees packed backpacks with school supplies for Schoolhouse Supplies. Our eager team packed 427 backpacks with pouches, folders, rulers, spiral notebooks, pencils, and crayons donated by Vernier Software & Technology.

All the backpacks then were delivered to Creston Elementary in Portland, Oregon to start the students off to a new year with the supplies they’ll use to learn, grow, and succeed.

Vernier Goes Backpacking

Vernier Around the Globe

Vernier International Dealers
This summer, 42 international representatives from 25 countries and six continents visited Vernier headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon. The three days they were here were spent learning more about Vernier products, learning how other countries market Vernier products, and seeing some of Oregon!

LabQuest mascot
The LabQuest mascot shown was created by our South Korean representative. Vernier products can be found in 138 countries around the world. For more information, go to www.vernier-intl.com

Fall 2011 Caliper

In the latest edition of The Caliper, we’re showcasing new products such as the Constant Current System and highlighting innovative uses of Vernier technology. Read it online or join our mailing list to have The Caliper delivered to your school or email twice a year.

Fall 2011 Caliper

Centripetal Force Apparatus Reviewed


Photo of Centripetal Force Apparatus

Dr. Mark Rosen, a Physics instructor at Gloucester County College, reviewed Vernier’s Centripetal Force Apparatus:

“I am very familiar with the alternatives, including the more recent motorized version of the classic set-up I used as an undergraduate many decades ago. Alignment and proper leveling are important factors in successfully using all these devices. Vernier has solved both with their rigid frame structure, which maintains proper alignment, and a simple procedure to adjust its leveling feet. While it may, at first, seem like a disadvantage, not having the rotating arm motorized makes it much safer to use.

Other pluses for this apparatus are using an encoder wheel on the shaft with a photogate (or rotation sensor) to measure the angular velocity and a carriage design that allows the student to easily read the radial position and to change the mass. All the parameters (velocity, mass, radius) are simply analyzed by collecting data as the rotation of the arm slows down after an initial spin and plotting the measured force versus the velocity squared. All these graphs should be linear with the slopes verifying the relationship between the measured centripetal force and mass, radius and velocity.

It is simple and clever and provides even more versatility by allowing torque, angular acceleration, and moment of inertia to be studied as well — one apparatus that can be used for investigating rotational motion in general.”

Thanks Dr. Rosen and we’re excited to hear how well the Centripetal Force Apparatus works for you and your students!

Learn more about the Centripetal Force Apparatus »

Vernier Grant Winner Harold Washington College

Did you have to walk two miles to and from school uphill each way? Neither did I. But I do remember the dark ages of 7th grade science class when I had to determine the pH level of various liquids using little strips of paper. The color of the paper indicated the level of base or acid in the liquid. (Discovering that milk is a base came in handy 10 years later when I burned my mouth eating a whole red pepper hiding in my Szechuan chicken dish and needed to offset the acid burn.)

Now, owing to the efforts of Professor Tom Higgins, those days of dipping little strips of paper may be gone forever, at least at our college. Harold Washington College has just been awarded a grant to purchase some really cool new electronic pH sensors, or a gas chromatograph, or a bunch of other snazzy new gadgets from Vernier Software & Technology.

Source: Don’s Desk

Congratulations Vernier 30th Anniversary Technology Grant Winners!

After three decades of serving STEM education, we are honoring the recipients of our 30th Anniversary Technology Grants by providing each grantee with their choice of $10,000 worth of the Vernier technology.

The 30 grantees shared inspiring stories about how they will use the technology and outlined concrete plans for implementation, while demonstrating financial need.

With nearly 2,000 applications in total, we were thrilled with the overall innovation, creativity and dedication to the improvement of STEM education demonstrated by all applicants.

See the full list of winners »

Constant Current System

The Constant Current System eliminates the need for a separate power supply when performing electroplating and electrolysis experiments in chemistry.

Constant Current System
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