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SAM Labs and Vernier Software & Technology

Overview

Bring STEAM, data collection, and coding to life for your middle school students with SAM Labs and Vernier technology. You don’t have to be a tech expert to give your students rigorous and engaging STEAM learning experiences. SAM Labs STEAM Kits provide everything you need to get started, including lesson plans, step-by-step activities, and world-class support.

Why Choose STEAM Kits​

  • Easy to use, wireless-enabled blocks, and engaging activities will help get you started teaching coding and computational thinking skills.
  • Blocks are compatible with select Vernier sensors within Google Workbench, boosting learning and extending application of critical thinking skills.
  • The kits are simple to integrate in your classroom or lab with easy wireless setup.
  • Durable stackable storage boxes protect your blocks and investment.

Use Vernier Sensors with SAM Blocks

Boost your students’ learning even further by connecting Vernier sensors to SAM Blocks. Using any of the compatible Vernier sensors pictured below, your students can collect real-time experiment data to bring their SAM Labs project to life in Google Workbench—enhancing learning and enabling them to create anything from simple reactions to complex creations in just minutes.

Getting Started in Google Workbench

Google Workbench is a platform for educators to discover, create, customize, and share quality learning content. Unlike the SAM Space app, Google Workbench provides compatibility between Vernier sensors and SAM blocks for data collection within its Blockly programming environment. Vernier and SAM Labs are developing activities to support data collection, NGSS standards, and middle school science learning objectives.

To get started with these activities, simply download the step-by-step lesson plan and student-facing slides, then have your students access Google Workbench to load the student-facing activity. More activities are coming soon!

Download Teacher Files – Activity 1: Electromagnetism