Thousands to be Awarded To Innovators in Science Education 
Vernier and NSTA open awards that celebrate creativity among educators in STEM Subjects and data collection

BEAVERTON, Oregon, August 3, 2009 – Each year Vernier Software &Technology and the National Science Teacher’s Association (NSTA) present the most innovative science teachers in the country with the Vernier Software & Technology/NSTA Technology Award.  The awards, valued at $3000 each, are given to up to seven educators judged to have created the best inquiry-based, hands-on learning activities using data-collection technology interfaced with computers, graphing calculators and other handheld devices such as the Vernier LabQuest.
Up to one elementary teacher, two middle school teachers, three high school teachers and one college-level educator will receive the technology awards.  Each award consists of $1000 in cash, $1000 in Vernier equipment, and up to $1000 toward travel and expenses for attending NSTA’s 2009 National Convention.  Entries are due by November 30, 2009 and will be judged by a panel of experts appointed by NSTA.  Educators can be nominated or self-nominate for the awards.
Access to the online application and guidelines are available on the Vernier web site at www.vernier.com/grants/nsta.html
Winning ideas have included using a LabQuest to monitor environmental conditions in aquatic tanks and the effects of nano-sized particles on aquatic species, as well as to monitor water quality in various water sheds that feed into large lakes.
Winning educators have also collected and used data by attaching a microphone probe to a LabQuest to capture a graphical representation of notes to teach students how to apply what they have learned when designing a musical instrument and had students investigate green house gas emissions during Atlanta’s rush hour, the fourth busiest in the country.  Students then compared the relationship between the amount of CO2 emitted and the corresponding outside temperatures. 
“Our goal at Vernier is to get teachers and students excited science and it is our hope that more and more students become interested in STEM careers.. Hands-on activities using probeware allows students to conduct experiments using 21st century technology,” said David Vernier, co-founder of Vernier and former physics teacher.  “This awards program has been successful in both honoring creative, forward-thinking science teaching and in bringing these techniques to other educators to use in the classroom.”
Applications should include an application form, an abstract of the program in 250 words or less, a program description, a copy of an actual lab activity, a nominee’s Vita, three letters of support, plus a completed and signed application checklist.  Electronic submissions are preferred, but application materials may be mailed to: NSTA, Vernier Technology Awards, 1840 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA22201-3000
For more information, e-mail NSTA at awards@nsta.org.
 
About Vernier Software & Technology
Vernier Software & Technology has been an innovator of data-collection technology for 28 years.  Creating easy-to-use and affordable science interfaces, sensors, and software, their products can be found in education from elementary school to college. Vernier helps teachers enhance their science curriculum, increase learning, and build students’ critical thinking skills. Vernier’s technologies are in use worldwide in more than 125 countries. For more information visit www.vernier.com.
For more information contact:
Daylene Long
Vernier Software & Technology
503-277-2299
 
Kati Elliott
KEH Communications
410.975.9638

 

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