Call for Applications Open for Annual Vernier/NSTA Technology Awards


Daylene Long
Vernier Software & Technology

Christine Allman
KEH Communications

Call for Applications Open for Annual Vernier/NSTA Technology Awards

Educators demonstrating innovative uses of data-collection technology can win prizes valued at $5,500

BEAVERTON, Oregon, July 24, 2012 – Vernier Software & Technology and the National Science Teachers’ Association (NSTA) are now accepting applications for the annual Vernier/NSTA Technology Awards. The 2013 awards program will recognize up to seven educators – including one elementary teacher, two middle school teachers, three high school teachers, and one college-level educator – who promote the innovative use of data-collection technology.

For ten years Vernier has been recognizing innovative STEM educators with this grant and this year Vernier and NSTA have increased the technology and cash prizes for each winning educator. Prizes include $1,000 in cash, $3,000 in Vernier products and up to $1,500 toward expenses to attend the 2013 NSTA National Conference in San Antonio, TX. Award recipients will be chosen based on their application, which is judged by a panel of NSTA-appointed experts. All applications, either self-nominated or nominated by a colleague, must be submitted by November 30, 2012.

“The use of data-collection technologies provides students – from the elementary to college level – with hands-on opportunities for scientific discovery,” said David Vernier, co-founder of Vernier and a former physics teacher. “The Vernier/NSTA awards program allows us to recognize STEM educators who are using data-collection technology with their students in truly engaging and innovative ways.”

Last year’s winning entries encompassed a wide range of data-collection activities, including the collection of wind speed data, the investigation of varying light levels in different environments, the design of a walking robot, the building of an audio-frequency working model of a phased-array radar, and more.

For more information and to prepare your 2013 entry, visit

About Vernier Software & Technology
Vernier Software & Technology has been a leading innovator of scientific data-collection technology for 31 years. Focused on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), Vernier is dedicated to developing creative ways to teach and learn using hands-on science. Vernier creates easy-to-use and affordable science interfaces, sensors, and graphing/analysis software. With world-wide distribution to over 130 countries, Vernier products are used by educators and students from elementary school to college. Vernier’s technology-based solutions enhance STEM education, increase learning, and build students’ critical thinking skills. Vernier’s business culture is grounded in Earth-friendly policies and practices, and the company provides a family-friendly workplace. For more information, visit
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