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Vernier Software & Technology Receives Recognition from Two Leading Education Awards

By Abi Mandelbaum
November 17th, 2014

Vernier Software & Technology Receives Recognition from Two Leading Education Awards

Go Wireless Temp named a 2014 Tech & Learning Awards of Excellence winner and Vernier named a three-time 2015 Bett Awards finalist

BEAVERTON, Oregon, November 17, 2014 – Vernier Software & Technology was recently recognized by two leading education awards programs. The Go Wireless Temp, the first in the Go Wireless™ family of wireless sensors designed and engineered by Vernier, was named a winner of the 2014 Tech & Learning Awards of Excellence in the New Products category. The LabQuest 2 and Connected Science System®, Vernier’s powerful data-collection interface and built-in software, was named a finalist in the 2015 Bett Awards in both the Digital Devices and International Digital Resource categories. Vernier’s Video Physics app was additionally named a finalist in the Bett Awards’ Educational Apps category.

“We are constantly innovating to provide students and teachers with robust technologies that allow them to participate in truly engaging, hands-on learning,” said David Vernier, co-founder of Vernier and former physics teacher. “The recognition from these two leading education awards programs is a great honor.”

Tech & Learning Awards of Excellence
Now in its 32nd year, the Tech & Learning Awards of Excellence recognize software, hardware, network, and web products that include innovative applications that break new ground, as well as those that added significant enhancements to proven education tools. A panel of more than 30 educators, who tested more than 150 entries including the Go Wireless Temp, chose this year’s winners.

The Go Wireless Temp is a rugged, stainless-steel temperature sensor that changes the way students can collect scientific data during classroom investigations using iOS devices. The Go Wireless Temp’s durability, temperature range and wireless capability allows students to explore temperature in the environment and in systems such as fish tanks, greenhouses, thermal mugs, or heating and cooling devices. The sensor is also supported by a free, intuitive iOS app that allows students to easily view and record temperature readings.

Bett Awards
The highly-esteemed Bett Awards showcase resources and companies that seek to provide educators with the information, ideas and inspiration that are fundamental to the learning process. All entries, including the LabQuest 2 and Connected Science System, as well as the Video Physics app, were assessed on specific criteria including design, cost-effectiveness, accessibility, innovation, enabling effective learning, and supporting learning beyond the classroom. All winners will be announced at the Bett Awards ceremony on January 21, 2015 in London, England.

Used as a standalone device, or as a data-collection interface for computers with Vernier’s Logger Pro software, LabQuest 2 features a 12.8 cm, high-resolution touch screen, real-time data collection, powerful analysis tools, and on-board curriculum. Its built-in GPS, 3-axis accelerometer, ambient temperature, light, and microphone sensors broaden data-collection opportunities while offering schools increased value. Additionally, LabQuest 2’s software features quick response to touch, curve fits, and modeling, and the interface can collect data at a rate of up to 100,000 samples per second.

The LabQuest 2 also comes with the Connected Science System, which includes Graphical AnalysisTM for iPad®, Vernier Data ShareTM, and LabQuest Viewer, to support hands-on, collaborative learning with individualized accountability. Using the built-in Wi-Fi capability, students can use the system to share data from LabQuest 2 to any device with a web browser, including iPad, iPhone®, and Android™ devices. Students can also send data from LabQuest 2 to any email address, and they can connect LabQuest 2 to a computer with a projector to view and control the device in a presentation format.

Video Physics brings physics video analysis to iPhone®, iPod touch® and iPad®. Students and teachers can capture video of an object in motion, mark its position frame by frame, and set the scale using a known distance. Video Physics then draws trajectory, position, and velocity graphs for the object. The app also allows for sharing of video, graphs, and data to other apps, such as Vernier’s Graphical Analysis. Data and video can even be emailed for use with computers running Vernier’s Logger Pro software.

To learn more about the Go Wireless Temp, LabQuest 2 and Connected Science System, and Video Physics app, visit www.vernier.com.

About Tech & Learning
For over 30 years, Tech & Learning has been — and continues to be — the leading resource for K-12 leaders. Its publications, Web sites and events provide factual and evaluative information on trends, products, and strategies to educators who purchase technology products in their districts and schools. Tech & Learning, published by NewBay Media LLC, delivers the highest quality content and essential resources to manage, train, and teach technology. For more information, visit www.TechLearning.com.

About Bett
Celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2014, Bett has evolved into the world’s leading event for learning technology, with a broader remit than ever before. Covering the breadth of lifelong learning, the event brings together more than 35,000 industry leaders, practitioners, professionals and inspirational figures to share ideas inspiration on how to support learning together through technology. For more information, visit www.bettshow.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 http://www.vernier.com.

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About the Author:

Abi Mandelbaum

Abi Mandelbaum is CEO of YouVisit.