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NSTA Reviews LabQuest 2

NSTA recently reviewed our LabQuest 2 interface in their publication, The Science Teacher. Reviewer Edwin Christmann found LabQuest 2 to be “an outstanding tool to engage students in scientific inquiry.”

“In my opinion, its reasonable price and ease of use make the LabQuest 2 a valuable tool for students conducting scientific investigations. It can help motivate them toward greater science achievement. If you’re interested in a versatile and cost-effective tool that is user friendly, look no further than Vernier’s LabQuest 2.”

Read the full review from NSTA Recommends

NSTA Reviews Logger Pro 3 and Go!Motion

NSTA recently reviewed our Logger Pro 3 software and Go!Motion sensor in their publication, The Science Scope. Reviewer Seth Guiñals-Kupperman praised the system’s ease of use and versatility.

“Between the interface to the software and number of possible applications, this is one of the most modular and versatile tools of scientific investigation a physics teacher is likely to encounter.”

“Putting it all together, if you want a device that just
works for you, no questions asked, I would strongly recommend the Go!Motion sensor from Vernier. It’s great as a stand-alone product because of its USB functionality, but will also be backwards compatible if you do have older Vernier hardware on hand. Logger Pro allows students and teachers to have a very straightforward analysis of the data you collect in lab. It’s a lot of bang for the buck, and a site license costs as much as do many companies’ single-user licenses. Not only that, but when you call tech support, you might even be speaking with Dave Vernier himself.”

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Encouraging Young Engineers

Vernier teamed up with a local organization, the Business Education Compact (BEC), to bring the joy of engineering to local students at Vose Elementary in Beaverton, Oregon. Volunteers from Vernier spent time in the fifth-grade classroom answering the questions, “What is engineering?” and “What do engineers design?”

Students at this neighborhood Title I school then had the opportunity to build a Tower of Power, test how much load their structure could hold, redesign, and then rebuild.

Volunteers from Vernier included Dr. Elaine Nam, Kristen Nelson, John Tate, Felix Rodriguez, Joe Sauer, Pam Lam, and Daylene Long.

Dear Vernier Engineers,

I didn’t know engineers made such simple things like chairs and tables. I really, really enjoyed having you in our classroom. I think engineers are sooooo cool, because without you guys we wouldn’t have parks or houses.

I might want to be an engineer when I group up, so that I could invent or make better stuff.

Geavanna A

Dear Vernier Engineers,

I had a very fun time building the towers. You guys coming into my class was something I’d been waiting for. It was really fun getting to construct shapes and build a tower. My group really messed up but we learned a lot. I really appreciate you guys coming.

After you guys came I’m now considering being an engineer in the future. I love constructing things. Since I had so much fun the day you guys came to my classroom, I think one day I would really enjoy being an engineer.

Anna R

Celebrate Darwin’s Birthday with Evolution Labs

Now that evolution is one of the “big ideas” in the new AP Biology curriculum, many teachers have been asking how our sensors can be used to teach concepts in evolution.

With this in mind, our Biology staff scientist, John Melville, developed several innovative ways to investigate evolution using Vernier products for Darwin’s birthday on February 12th.

Evolution-related Activities from Investigating Biology through Inquiry

Other Evolution-related Activities

Vernier Radiation Monitor is Shipping

Vernier Radiation Monitor

Detect alpha, beta, gamma, and X-ray radiation using the new Vernier Radiation Monitor. Applications include nuclear counting statistics, shielding, and decay rate measurements.

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