Each year, Vernier sponsors the NABT Ecology/Environmental Science Teaching Award. This award is given to a secondary school teacher who has successfully developed and demonstrated an innovative approach in the teaching of ecology/environmental
science and has carried his or her commitment to the environment into the community. Vernier’s sponsorship of this award includes $1,000 toward travel to the NABT Professional Development Conference and $500 of Vernier equipment. The recipient also
receives a recognition plaque to be presented at the conference and a one-year complimentary NABT membership. The deadline for the 2013 Award has passed, and the winner will be announced at the NABT conference in Atlanta in November. Applications for the 2014 Award will be available soon after the conference, and the deadline for submission is March 15, 2014.
The STYLISTIC Q702 running Windows 8 won over Cincinnati Country Day School, a private school long recognized for its rigorous and innovative curriculum and full range of academic, athletic and artistic opportunities. The school’s deployment of the Fujitsu STYLISTIC Q702 running Windows 8 has helped them fully integrate their technology and significantly advance the teaching and learning process.
On October 11th, Vernier ranked 2nd in the 2-99 employees category for healthiest employers in Oregon. The Healthiest Oregon Employers Award from the Portland Business Journal recognized organizations that are committed to creating a healthy workplace. Thanks to our health and fitness committee for our health-promoting activities and our employees for participating in improving their wellness.
Vernier Software & Technology and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) are now accepting applications for the annual Vernier/NSTA Technology Awards. The 2014 awards program will recognize up to seven educators—one elementary teacher, two
middle school teachers, three high school teachers, and one college-level educator—who promote the innovative use of data-collection technology.
Prizes include $1,000 in cash, $3,000 in Vernier products, and up to $1,500 toward expenses to attend the 2014 NSTA National Conference in Boston, Massachusetts. Award recipients will be chosen based on their application, which is judged by a panel of
NSTA-appointed experts. All applications must be submitted by November 30, 2013.
The Vernier/NSTA awards program allows Vernier to recognize STEM educators who are using data-collection technology with their students in truly engaging and innovative ways. Last year’s winning entries encompassed a wide range of data-collection activities, including the investigation of the pH found in different cakes and chemical reactions, the creation of control boxes for underwater remotely-operated vehicles, the design of biological buffers for water treatment, and the exploration of environmental radiation and its effects on cellular growth.
The NSTA “Bridges to the Future” Conference on Science Education will be held in Portland, Oregon on October 24–26. We are offering workshops, hosting a booth in the exhibit hall, and sponsoring a tour of Vernier.
An NSTA field trip to our office is scheduled for Thursday, October 24, 12:00–4:30. Educators will visit our on-site technology museum, discover a bit about the company’s history, learn to ride a Segway®, see new products demonstrated, win prizes, and have a relaxing lunch. Come and check out our recently expanded, LEED-certified building with cool science features, such as solar panels, electrochromic windows, a saltwater aquarium, and an indoor slide that is perfect for fun-loving science teachers. Sign up for this field trip through NSTA.
You are also welcome to come out to our office and have a private tour given by one of our scientists. You can pick up a map from our booth at the conference. We will also have a limited number of passes to the Oregon Museum of Science & Industry (OMSI) available in our booth.
Are you using Vernier sensors to teach engineering concepts or engineering practices in the classroom? If you are, you could win one of three ,500 awards (one for middle school, one for high school, and one for college).
Maybe your students are using Vernier sensors to test a design project. Or maybe you are challenging your students to build an automated device using the Vernier Digital Control Unit (DCU) and Logger Pro software. Perhaps your students are writing NI LabVIEW or ROBOTC code to read a Vernier sensor from a robotics platform such as LEGO, VEX, or Arduino. Tell us about your projects, and you might win!
Each award will consist of $1,000 in cash, $3,000 in Vernier technology, and $1,500 toward expenses to attend either the 2014 NSTA STEM conference in New Orleans or the 2014 ASEE conference in Indianapolis. Entries will be accepted through January 15, 2014.