Free Vernier Technology Workshops Help Teachers Gain Fresh Ideas for Science

Jan 21, 2010, 18:01 ET from Vernier Software & Technology

Workshops demonstrate engaging ways to collect and analyze scientific data for STEM education

BEAVERTON, Ore., Jan. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Educators interested in learning fresh ideas for integrating data collection into their curriculum can attend one of Vernier's free spring workshops being offered across the country.

During each free 4-hour spring workshop session, Vernier trainers and attendees will explore the many ways that data-collection technology can be used to enhance learning in any chemistry, biology, physics, middle school science, physical science or Earth science classroom.  Participants will learn how to collect data using the LabQuest, the most powerful and intuitive interface ever designed by Vernier. This versatile data collection tool can be used both in the lab and out in the field, thus enhancing the learning experience with real-world applications of science.  The newest addition to the LabQuest family, the LabQuest Mini, will also be demonstrated. The LabQuest Mini which is used with a computer or netbook, allows educators to have access to high quality data collection tools at a lower cost.

Each workshop includes lunch or dinner and a training manual.  Educators also have the option of earning two (quarter) Graduate Science credit hours through the Portland State University Center for Science Education.  The approximate cost is $70 per credit hour.

Each session is lead by current or former classroom science teachers or a Vernier technology expert.  Vernier's group of 33 trainers together has 902 years of teaching experience and has won many prestigious awards. Collectively they have written more than 60 science books and lab manuals, including many published by Vernier.

The free spring workshops will be held in 36 cities nationwide, and interested educators can select dates from the schedule below.

Visit for all workshop details.

February Workshop Dates and Locations

February 22: Miami, FL

February 23: Orlando, FL

February 24: Tampa, FL

February 24: Fort Worth, TX

February 25: Dallas, TX

February 27: San Antonio, TX

March Workshop Dates and Locations

March 1: Houston, TX

March 2: Houston, TX

March 4: Nashville, TN

March 6: Chattanooga, TN

March 8: Atlanta, GA

March 9: Birmingham, AL

March 23: Tri Cities, TN

March 24: Knoxville, TN

March 29: Memphis, TN

March 30: Jackson, MS

March 31: Shreveport, LA

April Workshop Dates and Locations

April 1: Little Rock, AR

April 6: Stamford, CT

April 7: Hartford, CT

April 10: Newark, NJ

April 12: Long Island, NY

April 12: Raleigh, NC

April 13: Greensboro, NC

April 15: Columbia, SC

April 17: Augusta, GA

April 17: Philadelphia, PA

April 19: Wilmington, DE

April 19: Colorado Springs, CO

April 20: Baltimore, MD

April 21: Washington, DC

April 21: Denver, CO

April 22: Fairfax County, VA

April 22: Ft. Collins, CO

May Workshop Dates and Locations

May 1: Phoenix, AZ

May 5: Riverside, CA

May 6: Pasadena, CA

According to David Vernier, co-founder of Vernier and a former physics teacher, "These free hands-on workshops allow teachers the opportunity to experiment with sensor technology and learn new ways to teach both fundamental and advanced scientific concepts. Plus, teachers have a lot of fun. The experiments are engaging and highlight real-world science."

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 in over 125 different countries. Vernier helps teachers enhance their science curriculum, increase learning, and build students' critical thinking skills. For more information visit

SOURCE Vernier Software & Technology