Vernier/NSTA Grant Rewards Innovative Educators Using Data-Collection Technology in the Classroom

Sep 08, 2011, 09:43 ET from Vernier Software & Technology

Seven recipients each to win technology and cash prizes valued at $3,000

BEAVERTON, Ore., Sept. 8, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Vernier Software & Technology and the National Science Teachers' Association (NSTA) are accepting applications for the annual Vernier/NSTA Technology Awards. The awards, valued at $3,000 each, will recognize up to seven educators who demonstrate the best inquiry-based, hands-on learning activities using data-collection technology interfaced with computers, TI graphing calculators and other handheld devices such as the Vernier LabQuest.

Each award consists of $1,000 in cash, $1,000 in Vernier equipment and up to $1,000 towards travel and expenses for attending NSTA's 2012 National Convention.  Award recipients, including one elementary teacher, two middle school teachers, three high school teachers and one college-level educator, 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, are due by November 30, 2011.

"Having students participate in hands-on, data-collection activities truly engages them in the science investigation and discovery process," said David Vernier, co-founder of Vernier and a former physics teacher. "This awards program provides a great opportunity for educators who are actively and creatively teaching STEM education through these types of activities to be recognized and awarded for their efforts."

Last year's winning entries encompassed a wide-range of data-collection activities, including the testing of gravitational force on model cars, the benefits of aerobic activity, the effectiveness of filter design to purify water, the technology and biomechanical analysis to improve athletic performance, and more.

For more information and to prepare your 2012 entry, visit

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Vernier Software & Technology has been a leading innovator of scientific data-collection technology for 30 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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