Vernier’s KidWind Solar Energy Exploration Kit and associated Investigating Solar Energy lab book was named a winner of Tech & Learning’s 2016 Awards of Excellence in the New Product category. Now in its 34th year, this leading educational awards program recognizes innovative products that break new ground as well as those that have received significant enhancements.
The KidWind Solar Energy Exploration Kit helps students investigate energy transformations, discover how the angle of photovoltaic panels relative to the sun affects power output, and experiment with basic circuits. The Investigating Solar Energy lab book contains nine hands-on experiments and two culminating engineering projects that utilize the kit and allow K-8 students to learn about solar energy and develop solutions to real-world problems.
On October 7th, we celebrated National Manufacturing Day with students from two local high schools, Aloha and Southridge. They toured our building and learned about how modern manufacturing is used for science education and exciting career paths related to manufacturing.
I loved seeing the workers packaging, it’s such an important and underappreciated portion of a company and it looks like they’re getting treated well. It’s important to make sure the well being of each employee is maintained and I’m glad that through the slide and other hilarious posters throughout the building that it’s encouraged through the company. Thank you! And LEED gold, I’m impressed.
My favorite part was the part where the speaker gave us examples of what they make so we understood better what they did. After this visit I think I am more likely to choose an engineering career.
A review of Vernier’s Go!Link and Hand Dynamometer was recently featured in the NSTA Blog. In the article, reviewer Edwin Christmann provides step-by-step instructions on how to use the data-collection technologies, highlights their key features, and explains how they result in “meaningful scientific engagement.” In the review, he goes on to say:
“Once again, Vernier has developed a device that can be used to integrate the NRC Standards (i.e. Standards A & E) and shows students how using the proper scientific tools to gather data can be both relevant and exciting.”
The Go!Link USB is a single-channel interface that connects most Vernier sensors—including the Hand Dynamometer—to a computer or Chromebook USB port. The Hand Dynamometer measures grip and pinch strength and can be used to perform muscle fatigue studies with students from middle school through high school.