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Vernier Wins Three ISTE Best of Show Awards

Vernier won three Tech & Learning ISTE 2019 Best of Show Awards last month at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) 2019 Conference & Expo in Philadelphia, PA! The Coding with mBot: Life Hacks e-book, the Exploring Motion and Force with Go Direct® Sensor Cart e-book, and the Wind Energy Explorations and Solar Energy Explorations e-books were chosen by a panel of tech-savvy educators based on their quality and effectiveness, ease of use, cost, and creative use of technology.

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Five Fun STEM Activities to Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11

Graphic for Apollo 11 space mission

By Josh Ence, Engineering Education Technology Specialist

In the summer of 1969, NASA launched the Apollo 11 space mission from Kennedy Space Center. Four days after launch, Neil Armstrong (Mission Commander) and Edwin (“Buzz”) Aldrin (Lunar Module Pilot) were the first two men to walk on the moon.

As a former physics and engineering teacher, I know that incorporating current events and hands-on activities into the classroom is an excellent way to engage students. This anniversary gives educators an opportunity to incorporate past, present, and future events into timely activities.

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Visualize Learning in Real Time

Martin Horejsi of NSTA Recommends provides helpful tips for teaching students to visualize data in his article, “Learning Visualized with the Vernier Go Direct® Hand Dynamometer.” Martin instructs students to first draw a prediction and then offers students the opportunity to trace the prediction by squeezing a Go Direct Hand Dynamometer, which measures grip strength. The force of the student’s grip is displayed in real-time in Graphical Analysis 4 on their device.

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Congratulations to the Winners of the 2019 National KidWind Challenge!

As part of their commitment to STEM education and hands-on learning, Vernier sponsored this year’s National KidWind Challenge in which teams of students test the energy output of wind turbines they designed and built. This event strengthens students’ critical thinking skills by introducing them to renewable energy solutions with real-world applications.

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