Vernier’s KidWind Advanced Wind Experiment Kit, as well as its associated lab book, Renewable Energy with Vernier, was recently named a winner of the 2015 Tech & Learning Awards of Excellence in the New Product category. The awards program honors innovative software, hardware, network, apps, and web-based products that break new ground, as well as those products that have received significant enhancements. A panel of more than 30 educators tested hundreds of entries and chose the winners.
The KidWind Advanced Wind Experiment Kit helps students in grades 7 through college explore advanced aspects of wind turbine technology by testing different blade designs, gear ratios, generators, and devices to measure electrical and weightlifting power. The Renewable Energy with Vernier lab book contains a wide range of experiments that utilize the kit and address objectives in integrated sciences, physical science, physics, and environmental science.
Vernier was recently honored as one of four Oregon-based organizations to receive the 2015 Governor’s Sustainability Award. The award, created by former Governor Ted Kulongoski in 2006, recognizes private, non-profit, and government sector businesses for their commitment to sustainable practices.
The other organizations to receive the award include: Deschutes Brewery, one of the nation’s largest craft breweries; Fishpeople Seafood, a sustainable seafood provider; and, Jesuit High School, a Catholic college preparatory school in Portland.
The Vernier Energy Sensor was recently named a winner of District Administration’s Readers’ Choice Top Products for 2015. This awards program informs superintendents and other senior school district leaders about products their colleagues around the country are using to help their districts excel in a variety of areas, such as technology, sustainability, and curriculum instruction. The winners, including the Vernier Energy Sensor, were compiled from 2,100-plus nominations over the past year from the magazine’s readers.
Our co-founder David Vernier was recently featured in the December issue of the UK-based publication Physics World. In the article, “Teaching with Technology,” David discusses how his educational background, experiences as a physics teacher, and earliest innovations led to the creation—and ongoing success—of Vernier Software & Technology.
“These first-generation graphing and simulation programs ended up being a major game-changer for the company. Before I left teaching, I used them in my own classes, and they were the basis for what has become our company’s core curriculum of physics and science products.”