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Vernier to Pilot Online STEM Education Portal for High School Students This Fall

Vernier Software & Technology has a new online STEM learning and exploration platform in the works for high school students, the company announced, and after a pilot program this fall, the subscription-based platform is expected to be available to U.S. high schools in early 2023.

The web-based Vernier Connections platform will offer out-of-the-box STEM lesson content, resources, assessments, and management tools to make it easier for high school educators to provide students with engaging, hands-on STEM instruction and exploration, according to a news release.

Vernier Connections will “emphasize fun and interactive investigations and projects and give educators the ability to assess student comprehension across all science disciplines,” Vernier Software said in the announcement. Teachers will be able to customize the instructional content to match their needs or their district’s scope and sequence, Vernier said; the lessons are designed by STEM leaders and aligned with Next Generation Science Standards.

The platform is being designed to promote STEM literacy, said Vernier CEO John Wheeler. “To that end, Vernier Connections gives students the ability to study the real world in their own context, collect and analyze data as they investigate natural phenomena, and take part in experiential and three-dimensional STEM learning,” he said.

Students completing investigations and projects on Vernier Collections platform will be able to “use Vernier apps to collect, display, and analyze data as they learn important science concepts,” according to the news release.

Vernier Connections will initially launch for macOS, Windows, and ChromeOS platforms, with more coming later, and its content will be “curriculum agnostic,” the company said.

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