AUSTIN, Texas, June 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- National Instruments (Nasdaq: NATI) today announced the latest edition of its NI LabVIEW for Education software for high school, which integrates with classroom data collection and control devices to help teach science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) concepts to students. The software is a full-function version of the industrial LabVIEW graphical system design software that is "skinned" and scoped appropriately for students. It is optimized for classroom use through instructional videos, tutorials, open-ended challenges and teaching resources created specifically for high school students and teachers.
"LabVIEW gives me the freedom to creatively inspire my students with authentic, real-world projects while using traditional lab equipment," said John Sperry, engineering teacher at Anderson High School in Austin, Texas. "The software's visual environment is easy for beginning students to understand, but also offers a very high skill ceiling so students can reach their full potential with the same technology that professionals use."
LabVIEW for Education integrates with the NI myDAQ portable data-logging device, Vernier sensors and LEGO® Education robotics platforms to provide a wide range of possibilities for teaching core science and math concepts through real-world applications.
"NI LabVIEW for Education is helping expand our Vernier classroom sensor platform into experiential studies of more advanced engineering applications," said David Vernier, president of Vernier, a leading classroom technology company. "Now more than ever, we can help teachers easily incorporate exciting yet practical hands-on engineering education into their science classrooms."
LabVIEW for Education includes the following primary benefits:
Students gain experience with the same software used by professional engineers and scientists
New vision module helps students use USB webcams for advanced image manipulation and motion tracking
Ideal for integration with robotics classes and competitions
National Instruments collaborates with leading curriculum developers including UTeach Engineering, The Infinity Project and Ergopedia to provide complete solutions for implementing accredited courses based on LabVIEW. LabVIEW for Education was developed in conjunction with the Tufts Center for Engineering Education and Outreach.
Readers can learn more about NI LabVIEW for Education and download free lesson plans and other resources by visiting www.K12Lab.com.
About National Instruments
National Instruments (www.ni.com) is transforming the way engineers and scientists design, prototype and deploy systems for measurement, automation and embedded applications. NI empowers customers with off-the-shelf software such as NI LabVIEW and modular cost-effective hardware, and sells to a broad base of more than 30,000 different companies worldwide, with its largest customer representing approximately 4 percent of revenue in 2010 and no one industry representing more than 15 percent of revenue. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, NI has approximately 5,500 employees and direct operations in more than 40 countries. For the past 12 years, FORTUNE magazine has named NI one of the 100 best companies to work for in America. Readers can obtain investment information from the company's investor relations department by calling (512) 683-5090, emailing [email protected] or visiting www.ni.com/nati.