Vernier opens 2016 engineering contest

By Laura Devaney
December 14th, 2015

Three STEM teachers will each win $5,500 in prizes for creatively using Vernier sensors to introduce students to engineering concepts and practices

engineering-grantVernier Software & Technology is now accepting applications for its 2016 Engineering Contest that recognizes engineering, science, and STEM teachers for their creative use of Vernier sensors to teach students engineering concepts and practices.

Three winning teachers — one middle school teacher, one high school teacher, and one college instructor — will each receive prizes valued at $5,500.

Applications for the contest are due by January 15, 2016, and winners will be announced on March 5, 2016 on the Vernier website and Facebook page.

To enter, teachers must complete an online application form, as well as produce and submit a short video showcasing their engineering project involving Vernier sensors in action. The sensors may be used in conjunction with Vernier’s Logger Pro software, NI LabVIEW software, Arduino, LEGO MINDSTORMS, VEX, or any other system incorporating Vernier sensors.

Applications will be judged by a panel of Vernier experts based on innovation, engineering objectives, and the ease by which others can replicate the project. Middle school and high school applicants will specifically need to explain how the project addresses the engineering practices called for in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

Each winner will receive $1,000 in cash, $3,000 in Vernier technology, and $1,500 toward expenses to attend the 2016 National Science Teachers’ Association (NSTA) STEM conference or the 2016 American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) conference.

“Our annual Vernier Engineering Contest is one way we show our ongoing support for teachers as they foster the development of the next generation of engineers and scientists,” said David Vernier, former physics teacher and co-founder of Vernier Software & Technology. “The contest provides a great opportunity for teachers to share their engineering best practices and win prizes and professional development opportunities to further enhance their teaching.”

The winning projects from the 2015 Vernier Engineering Contest focused on developing a robot to test the internal temperature of a Hot Pocket, creating a light bulb from an ordinary staple, and designing a solar oven.

For complete information on the 2016 Vernier Engineering Contest and to submit an application, visit

Material from a press release was used in this report.

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Laura Devaney

Laura Devaney is the Director of News for eSchool Media. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism. When she isn't wrangling her two children, Laura enjoys running, photography, home improvement, and rooting for the Terps. Find Laura on Twitter: @eSN_Laura