We want to give a special “thank you” to Vernier employees who helped Vernier rank third for midsize companies in The Oregonian’s 2016 Top Workplaces list. To choose the winning companies, The Oregonian partnered with WorkplaceDynamics to conduct employee surveys about workplace satisfaction. Employees provided anonymous opinions on everything from pay and benefits, to working conditions and corporate leadership.
“The company offers fitness activities during the lunch hour, such as volleyball matches, yoga, or kickboxing classes. There are on-site showers for bicycle commuters and a casual dress code. Work hours are flexible, as long as an employee puts in 40 hours a week. Tickets to Timbers, Blazers and Thorns matches are available throughout the season, as well as tickets to the Oregon Symphony and Portland Center Stage.
Vernier pays employees for up to four hours of volunteer time each month. [Kathy] Higashihara [project manager at Vernier] says employees often spent the time volunteering with a food bank, Habitat for Humanity or at their children’s schools.”
Throughout the years, Vernier has received numerous awards for its work culture, philanthropic commitment, environmental policies, and steady growth.
Each year, Vernier sponsors the NABT Ecology/Environmental Science Teaching Award. The award includes $500 toward travel to the NABT Professional Development Conference and $1,000 of Vernier equipment. Applications for the 2017 Award will be available on the NABT website soon after the November conference, and the deadline for submission is March 15, 2017.
Are your students using Vernier sensors in the engineering design process? Maybe you are challenging your students to control digital output based on sensor input. 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 how you are using Vernier technology in your classroom or lab and you could win one of two $5,500 awards (one for middle school and one for high school)!
The 2016 AAPT Photo Contest, sponsored by Vernier, was held at the summer meeting of the American Association of Physics Teachers in Sacramento, California. Students submitted photos that demonstrate physics concepts, along with essays that explain them. AAPT members voted on the entries. Each year we are impressed by the creativity of the students who enter this contest. The eye-drawing composition of these images reminds us that art has both an important role in our lives and a valuable connection to science.
The winner in the Contrived Category is Jacob Lev Amme for his photo “Parabolic Motion at the Center of Mass.”
Jacques Abou-Rjeili won the Natural Category with his photo “Snow Sheet.”
Founded by a Science Teacher, Vernier Puts Teacher Support and Student Learning First
Just after graduating from Ohio State University, Dave Vernier took a job as a high school physics and physical science teacher in Cleveland’s inner city. His biggest challenge was keeping his students engaged in science. He found that he could hold their attention through a combination of daily demonstrations and highly creative, interactive labs.
Today, Dave’s years in the classroom continue to guide the development of all Vernier technology. Dave and Christine, his wife and co-founder of the company, remain mindful of the unique needs of educators. Curriculum and products, including data-collection software, sensors, and interfaces that are dynamic and relevant for students, yet are easy for teachers to use, are developed with teachers’ needs in mind. Now, Christine and Dave are joined by more than 100 employees, many of whom are former teachers and professors, who talk with educators everyday and use that feedback to guide the company. Discover more about our commitment to science educators »
Expand your use of Logger Pro by exploring some features of the software that deserve more attention.
Use the current version of Logger Pro. Updates are free; the best way to get them is to log into your account.
Choose Text Annotation from the Insert menu to annotate your graphs. Insert extra arrows as needed, or hide the floating box border. You can make text bold or italic. You can also insert Greek characters, change font size, and add sub/superscripts.
Insert photos of your experimental apparatus into the Logger Pro experiment file. Or, insert videos of your experiment and sync your data to the video. See the Insert menu for commands.
Show or hide uncertainties in fitted parameters for your curve fits. After adding a curve fit, double-click the fit information box to make adjustments.
Use an appropriate number of points for derivative calculations by choosing Settings For (filename)… from the File menu. Appropriate use of this setting is critical for good Motion Detector velocity data—use bigger numbers for more smoothing and smaller numbers for more detail.
When using the Video Analysis feature, sometimes your points don’t get placed correctly. If this happens, you can nudge the point. Click the Select Point button, and select the point you want to alter. Drag or use the cursor keys to move the point.
Start video analysis in Video Physics for iOS app and finish in Logger Pro. After recording a video of an experiment on your iOS device, you can perform basic video analysis in our Video Physics app. Then, take advantage of the advanced video analysis features of Logger Pro by emailing the video and analysis to yourself as a Logger Pro file and video.
We are excited to announce that Nüsret Hisim has joined the Vernier team as a Chemistry Educational Technology Specialist after 34 years of teaching chemistry and physics in Frederick County, Maryland. Nüs taught all levels of physical science, from ninth grade introductory courses to Advanced Placement chemistry. He has been using Vernier products with his students for over 20 years and has helped many other teachers integrate Vernier technology into their classrooms. Starting in the early 1990s, Nüs sponsored a Chemistry Club at his school where students brought science-related activities and demonstrations out to the community. At Vernier, he is looking forward to new challenges as he helps teachers bring technology to their own students.
Vernier is committed to providing educators with resources for successfully using our technology. Our free Video Training Library includes introductory and advanced Tech Tip videos featuring experiments and product demonstrations. Many of these videos provide instructions for experiments from Vernier lab books that can supplement your student instructions.
An important part of this experiment is using units of percent transmittance (%T) instead of absorbance, which allows students to discover the relationship between the concentration of a solution and the amount of light transmitted through the solution. The information in this video can help you and your students understand the operating procedure for the SpectroVis Plus Spectrophotometer. Our expert chemist explains the steps to set up the spectrophotometer and how to change the units from Absorbance to %T. The video also demonstrates how to calibrate with DI water and collect a full wavelength spectrum. Students can apply this information when designing their inquiry investigation for determining the concentration of an FD&C food dye in a sports beverage. Do you have suggestions for our Video Training Library? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Vernier Resources and Support Make Probeware Integration Effective for Hands-On Learning
Looking for information about the services you can expect from Vernier? The new Stellar Service section of our website gives you direct access to the tools we offer to science and engineering educators. It’s your on-demand hub for finding resources and learning more about the many ways Vernier supports you and your students in lab and in the field.
We hope you’ll visit often and share your experiences with Vernier technology with our thriving community of educators. Winning stories will be chosen monthly, published by Vernier, and awarded a $100 Vernier gift certificate.
Vernier strives to help teachers introduce programming, engineering, and STEM into their science and engineering classrooms. One way we do this is by regularly releasing updated LabVIEW files so that you can use your new Vernier products with National Instruments LabVIEW and LabVIEW for Education software. With our latest LabVIEW files, we have introduced support for the new LabQuest Stream (connected to your computer via USB). Included in our LabVIEW files are Express VIs that make it quick and easy to create custom programs to collect sensor data, control small electronics, or automate your science experiment.