Vernier, NSTA Technology Awards Go to 7 Teachers
2016 Vernier/National Science Teacher Association
(NSTA) Technology Awards have gone
to seven educators, ranging from one teaching fifth-graders to a college
seven educators — one elementary school teacher, two
middle school teachers, three high school teachers and one
educator — received awards for their innovative use of data-collection
technology using a computer, tablet or other handheld device in the
winners received $1,000 in cash, $3,000 in Vernier
products and up to $1,500 in expenses to attend the NSTA National
believe providing opportunities for science students to
engage in practical experience will better prepare them for real-world
exploration," said Vernier Software & Technology CEO John
Ryan-Bailey, of Oakley Elementary School. Using
Vernier probes, a
weather station and resources from a local university, Ryan-Bailey's fifth-grade students learned weather patterns and how different factors
influence weather conditions in their area.
Harvell, of Walton
Middle School. Harvell's seventh-graders used Vernier's probeware to
act as "citizen scientists" and monitor the water quality of a lake
located less than a block from their middle school.
Mueller, of Scullen Middle School. Mueller's cross-grade-level
collaborative project encouraged students to use Vernier probeware to
the causes of non-point source pollution in retention ponds and natural
waterways near their school.
Erickson, of Bayfield
High School. Erickson and his students spent the school year
investigating the seiches in Lake Superior,
a standing wave oscillation created by atmospheric forces.
Starr, of Green
Lake School. Starr's
students used Vernier
data-collection technology to study the Big Green Lake's water
determine which management decisions are necessary to improve the
Smith, of Peninsula
High School, Smith's project encouraged students to launch
inquiry-based field and laboratory investigations that explore the
insects to fundamental ecological issues.
Wagoner, of Philadelphia
a physics professor, created a project-based
physics course for non-science majors that incorporates Vernier probes
Michael Hart is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer and the former executive editor of THE Journal.