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Call for Applications Now Open for the 2015 Vernier/NSTA Technology Awards

By Abi Mandelbaum
September 11th, 2014

Seven educators to receive prizes valued at $5,500 each for demonstrating innovative uses of data-collection technology in the classroom

BEAVERTON, Oregon, September 10, 2014 – Vernier Software & Technology and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) are now accepting applications for the annual Vernier/NSTA Technology Awards. Seven educators – one elementary teacher, two middle school teachers, three high school teachers, and one college-level educator – will be recognized for their innovative use of data-collection technology using a computer, graphing calculator, or other handheld device in the science classroom.

The winners will be selected by a panel of experts appointed by the NSTA and will each receive $1,000 in cash, $3,000 in Vernier products, and up to $1,500 toward expenses to attend the annual NSTA National Conference in Chicago, IL on March 12-15, 2015. All current K-12 and college science teachers are encouraged to apply by the November 30, 2014 deadline.

“The use of data-collection technology in the science and STEM classroom provides students with an engaging, hands-on way to learn and apply scientific principles,” said David Vernier, co-founder of Vernier and former physics teacher. “The awards program provides a great opportunity for educators to share the innovative ways they use the technology with their students and to be recognized and rewarded for their best practices.”

Last year’s Vernier/NSTA Technology Awards winners used data-collection technology for a wide range of investigations, including exploring friction, testing rocket prototypes, building alternative energy systems, conducting high-altitude ballooning challenges, and more.

For more information and to prepare your 2015 entry, visit http://www.vernier.com/grants/nsta/.

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 http://www.vernier.com.

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About the Author:

Abi Mandelbaum

Abi Mandelbaum is CEO of YouVisit.