Do you do experiments with solar panels or other high-current devices? The new Vernier High Current Sensor has a range of ±10 A. Current is measured with a Hall effect sensor, which uses the magnetic field created by the current.
The Vernier Anemometer is an impellertype anemometer that measures wind speed in the range of 0.5 to 30 m/s (1 to 67 mph). The Anemometer fits in your palm for wind study measurements in the field. A standard camera mount on the back and an accessory rod allows you to position it in wind tunnels or in front of fans for wind turbine experiments.
Steve Cogger, instructor at Doherty Middle School, Andover, MA, has his students design and test wind turbines. The goal of the project is to optimize the design of turbine blades to generate the highest output power. Using NI LabVIEW software with the Vernier SensorDAQ interface, he wrote a simple LabVIEW program to measure voltage and current from Vernier sensors.
Nick Glembotski, an engineering student at San Diego State, recently used our Current Sensor, Voltage Probe, and Surface Temperature Sensor to investigate whether the efficiency of solar panels can be improved by cooling the panels by spraying them with a mist.
The new National Instruments LabVIEW Education Edition software helps teachers bring STEM concepts to life through hands-on learning. This industry-standard NI LabVIEW (used throughout the engineering disciplines) includes modules for educational hardware, including these Vernier products
Go! Devices (Go!Link, Go!Temp, Go!Motion)
NXT Sensor Adapter
Full integration means that everything required for these Vernier products is included. Install NI LabVIEW Education Edition, connect the Vernier hardware, and begin running examples to:
Log and analyze data
Introduce engineering measurement and automation concepts
Build sensor-controlled NXT robots
Perform feedback and control
Introduce biomedical concepts with physiology sensors
Measure real-time electricity usage with the Watts Up Pro with Logger Pro or LabQuest. Collect data such as real power, potential, current, and apparent power. The Watts Up Pro also calculates a wide variety of data, including maximum watts, frequency, and cumulative costs.
STEM 2 with Vernier® and LEGO® MINDSTORMS® NXT has activities using a Force Sensor, Magnetic Field Sensor, Voltage Probe, and Gas Pressure Sensor. It covers topics in physical science and engineering, including mechanics, pressure, electricity, and magnetism. Students are challenged to build and program robots for testing batteries, finding land mines, and controlling a Cartesian diver. Twelve classic labs done with these same sensors and the NXT are also included.
The new Vernier Power Amplifier allows your students to drive a variety of devices, including speakers, lamps, small DC motors and RLC circuits. The Power Amplifier delivers ± 10 V and currents up to 1 A. It works with any waveform, including DC, sine, square, triangle and sawtooth.