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Press Release: Vernier Software & Technology Partners with KidWind to Bring Sensor Technology to Wind Turbine and Solar Panel Kits
Strategic partnership with KidWind signifies Vernier’s commitment to STEM education and renewable energy
BEAVERTON, Oregon, February 4, 2014 – As part of its commitment to science and STEM education, as well as renewable energy, Vernier Software & Technology has partnered with KidWind, the international leader of clean energy education. Through the strategic partnership, Vernier will integrate its award-winning sensors and data-collection devices into KidWind’s wind turbine and solar energy kits, which will now be sold by Vernier.
“For more than a decade, KidWind has been at the forefront of teaching students about renewable energy science through their engaging, hands-on offerings,” said David Vernier, co-founder of Vernier and a former physics teacher. “This partnership allows us to provide educators with a comprehensive solution for renewable energy data collection. Later this year, educators can expect us to further integrate the use of our sensors and curriculum with KidWind’s renewable energy kits.”
Through the partnership, Vernier will become the exclusive producer and distributor of the KidWind kits. Customers can purchase KidWind kits through Vernier’s website and then use them in the classroom to help students explore electrical concepts and quantify the energy and power of small wind turbines and solar panels.
“KidWind is thrilled to be turning over our manufacturing and distribution to such a well-respected company in education, and we see this as a great beginning to a long relationship,” said Michael Arquin, founder and director of KidWind. “With the Vernier partnership, our staff will focus on our core strengths, including the KidWind Challenge, which we are turning into a national event this year, professional development for teachers and the creation of new renewable energy kits and curricula.”
To learn more about Vernier and KidWind, visit www.vernier.com.
About Vernier Software & Technology
Vernier Software & Technology has been a leading innovator of scientific data-collection technology for 33 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, build students’ critical thinking skills, and support the science and engineering practices detailed in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Vernier’s business culture is grounded in Earth-friendly policies and practices, and the company provides a family-friendly workplace. For more information, visit www.vernier.com.
KidWind has been the leader of clean energy education for nearly a decade and is guiding the delivery of green STEM education today. In addition to creating its own curriculum and conducting teacher trainings and student competitions, the company partners with leading universities, developers, and museums to plant the seeds for clean energy development. For more information about KidWind, please visit its website at www.kidwind.org.
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