On October 28th, 23 Vernier Software & Technology employees volunteered their time to plant trees in the wetlands near our office. This was a joint project with the non-profit group, The Friends of Trees. We planted 200 trees and spent a lot of effort to make sure the trees survive. The trees that were planted in the same spot five years ago were all destroyed by nutria from the nearby creek. We used tubes, stakes, and wire to keep the nutria away.
It was a physically exhausting job, but we had a good time and it will be very interesting to watch the trees grow over the next few years.
Vernier’s 25th anniversary is fast approaching and we want you to share the celebration. We know that many of you have great stories about how data-collection technology changed your teaching and enhanced your students’ learning. We want to celebrate your use of technology in science and showcase your classroom. If we publish your story, you will receive 25th Anniversary T-shirt, and $100 Vernier Gift Certificate. We will be publishing up to 25 stories.
Thermocouples are one of the most common temperature sensors. They can be used to measure temperatures between -200 and 1400 degrees Celsius. If you have never had the opportunity to do an experiment using a Vernier Thermocouple, here are three activities to try: Flame Mapping, Bending Glass, and Heating Curve for Ethanol. This might be just what you need to heat things up this fall.
Brian Czapor and some of his fellow students from the University of Akron participated in the SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) Aero Design® Competition. In order to improve their design, they used the Vernier LabPro and our 3-Axis Accelerometer to give them flight data.
It is the goal of English Language Learners (ELL) teachers to make every lesson a language lesson. Using lessons with hands-on activities not only gets the children physically active in a lesson, but also provides opportunities for developing language. This has been the experience of Charlotte Park Elementary School first grade ELL teacher Dr. Juanita M. “Marti” Moore.
Interested in what research supports the use of probeware in the classroom? Pick up the October 2005 issue of The Science Teacher for a two-part series showing how data-collection technology fosters student learning supported by research and practical examples on how to integrate Vernier into your curriculum.
If you are a NSTA member, you can read both parts of the full article “Technology in the Lab” online at NSTA’s website.
We’ve released a free Logger Pro 3 update, our full-featured, award-winning data collection program for Macintosh and Windows. Logger Pro 3 has been awarded eSchoolnews’ Reader’s Choice Awards, Technology & Learning’s Award of Excellence, and the Worldidac product choice award.
Vernier is sponsoring an NABT Ecology/Environmental Teaching Award that will be given to a secondary school teacher who has successfully developed and demonstrated an innovative approach in the teaching of ecology/environmental science and has carried his/her commitment to the environment into the community. Our sponsorship of this award includes $500 toward travel to the NABT National Convention, a $500 discretionary fund, and $500 of Vernier equipment. The recipient also receives a plaque to be presented at the NABT National Convention, and a one-year complimentary NABT membership. Nomination deadline is March 15, 2006.