Last fall, we were pleased to host Ira Flatow, host of Science Friday, at our office for a fundraiser for our local public broadcasting station. Ira talked about the many guests he has interviewed and his views of how science and the media have changed. He even autographed a LabQuest 2 for us.
Jessie Diggins is the runner in one of our Pivot Interactives series of videos. She is a cross-country skier and competed in the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, in PyeongChang, South Korea. She and her teammate, Kikkan Randall, made history when they won gold medals in the team sprint freestyle race and became the first American women to win Olympic medals in cross-country skiing.
Jessie also participated in five other Olympic events and finished in the top seven in each of them. She was even selected to carry the US flag during the Winter Olympics closing ceremony. Congratulations, Jessie!
Marta R. Stoeckel (Tartan High School, Oakdale, MN); The Science Teacher, Vol. 85, No. 1, January, 2018.
This article explains how to use evidence-based reasoning to study the bounce of a ball. It is linked to NGSS standards and the authors use Logger Pro 3 video analysis to plot a ball’s position.
Incorporating a Farm into Our Science Curriculum—An Innovative Twist
Carrie Herndon; Science Scope, Summer 2017.
Herndon’s classes monitor chicken growth using our Force Plate, use robots with the chickens, and monitor temperature inside a bee hive.
Letting Students Discover the Power, and the Limits, of Simple Models: Coulomb’s Law
Peter Bohacek, Joseph Dill and Emma Boehm (Henry Sibley High School), and Matthew Vonk (University of Wisconson River Falls); The Physics Teacher, Vol. 55, No. 6, November, 2017.
This article examines a Coulomb’s law experiment using Pivot Interactives. Students are confronted with explaining why unexpected results occur in some situations.
A New Take on Exploding Carts
Darren Broder (Siena College), James Burleigh (Schuylerville High School) Matthew Christian (Berlin Central High School). Shawn Mowry (Bethlehem High School), George E. Hassel (Siena College); The Physics Teacher, Vol. 55, No. 8, November, 2017.
The authors use our Dynamics Cart and Track System and Logger Pro 3 software, but they modify the standard “exploding carts” experiment by replacing one of the carts with a hanging mass. This allows a wider range of variation in the masses and a different type of analysis.
Math Machines: Using Actuators in Physics Classes
Frederick J. Thomas (Learning with Math Machines, Inc.), Robery A. Chaney, Marta Gruesbeck (Sinclair Community College, Dayton, OH); The Physics Teacher, Vol. 56, No. 1, January, 2018.
We have worked with Math Machines for a long time; they use motors, LEDs, and other devices for interesting projects. You can use their software to enter mathematical functions to control the output, and the results are often then plotted with Logger Pro 3 software. It is a great way to connect physics, mathematical functions, and models.
With the release of new Go Direct sensors, biology instructors now have an easy solution for their ever-changing technology needs in the classroom. The versatility, ease of use, and cost of Go Direct sensors make them an ideal fit for any biology or life science course.
Go Direct sensors connect directly via USB or Bluetooth® wireless technology to Windows® and macOS® computers, Chromebook™, and iOS and Android™ devices. The sensors are supported by our free Graphical Analysis™ 4 app and can be used in more than 30 biology experiments from our updated lab book, Biology with Vernier, 4th Edition—now available electronically in addition to the traditional print format.
“Just like Vernier’s previous generations of sensors, I found the force and acceleration sensor to be sturdy, and well-built. They’re definitely ready to stand up to life in the classroom.”
He concludes the review by saying:
“Overall, I think Vernier has built a solid line of sensors that are well-suited for the modern, 1:1 classroom. Students can easily collect data, regardless of the type of device they’re using. Plus, Vernier’s collection of standards-aligned lesson plans offers teachers great ideas for how to integrate these probes and experiments into the classroom.”
The Go Direct® Force and Acceleration Sensor couples a 3-axis accelerometer with a stable and accurate force sensor that measures forces as small as ±0.1 N and up to ±50 N. Students can use the sensor to measure pushes and pulls during investigations in the classroom and out in the field.
Go Direct sensors offer teachers and students maximum versatility to collect scientific data either wirelessly or via a USB connection. These Go Direct sensors for chemistry, biology, physics, and more can be used in hundreds of teacher-tested experiments developed by Vernier and are supported by free graphing and analysis software, the Graphical Analysis™ 4 app.
Vernier Software & Technology sponsors a contest for educators who innovatively use Vernier sensors to introduce engineering concepts or engineering practices to their students. The prizes for the winners include $1,000 in cash, $3,000 in Vernier technology, and $1,500 toward expenses to attend either the NSTA STEM conference or the ASEE conference.
Congratulations to the 2018 Winners!
Chris Berg, a science, engineering, and math teacher at Montgomery High School in Santa Rosa, California, created a framework to investigate collisions using our Dual-Range Force Sensor, a cart and track system, and student-designed 3D-printed bumpers. Berg aligned the activity with NGSS HS-PS2-3 (Apply science and engineering ideas to design, evaluate, and refine a device that minimizes the force on a macroscopic object during a collision.).
Tate Rector, an engineering and Project Lead The Way teacher at Beebe Junior High in Beebe, Arkansas, had his students define a problem facing their school or community, and determine a solution. The students used the engineering design process to develop an automated lighting system that activates when someone enters a crosswalk in a dark portion of the school’s parking lot.
Honorable mention goes to
Jen Rushing, a teacher at Central Coast New Tech High in Nipomo, California, had her physics students incorporate the Digital Control Unit and Vernier sensors into the design of their Rube Goldberg machines.
Quantifying Sucralose in a Water-Treatment Wetlands: Service-Learning in the Analytical Chemistry Laboratory
Emily C. Heider, Domenic Valenti, Ruth L. Long, Amel Garbou, Matthew Rex, and James K. Harper, J. Chem. Educ. January 2018, Articles ASAP (As Soon As Publishable)
As part of a service learning approach to increasing community engagement, students performed analytical chemical tests of wetlands to determine pH, chloride, total dissolved solids, and phosphorus levels. Since sucralose has been determined to be an indicator of anthropogenic waste in natural waters, students also test for this artificial sweetener. A Vernier Conductivity Probe was used to determine total dissolved solids.