BEAVERTON, Oregon, December 14, 2006–Free Vernier workshops are popping up everywhere this spring. Starting in February, science and math educators in states across the country can take Vernier Software & Technology´s free hands-on workshops in data-collection technology. Educators may register online or sign up to be notified about specific workshops by e-mail. Registration is available at http://www.vernier.com/workshop/evaluation.html.

Educators will spend a 4-hour session learning how to integrate data-collection technology into their chemistry, biology, physics, math, middle school science, physical science and Earth science curriculum. Participants will have an opportunity to collect data on computers, TI graphing calculators and Palm OS handhelds. The workshops will include lunch and a Workshop Training Manual. Educators who choose to do so can earn two (quarter) Graduate Science credit hours through the Portland State University Center for Science Education (approximate cost $70 per credit hour, payable to PSU). The Graduate credit hours will be awarded to participants who attend a workshop and elect to complete a follow-up project using electronic sensors. A brief lesson plan and a description of how to plan to integrate this project into a curriculum will be required.

All spring workshops are free for training and the manual, or educators can choose a training and hardware/software package for $250. Packages include either the LabPro Interface, Logger Pro® Software and Temperature Probe or LabPro Interface, Light Sensor and Temperature Probe.

The workshops will be held in 42 cities nationwide, and interested educators can select dates from the schedule below.

According to David Vernier, co-founder of Vernier and a former physics teacher, "Helping students learn science concepts through real-world exploration is a skill that students will take with them for years. Our data collection workshops enable science and math teachers to bring concrete concepts and real-world relevance to instruction."

February Workshop Dates and Locations
February 22: Dallas, TX February 26: Houston, TX
February 22: Miami, FL February 26: Orlando, FL
February 24: San Antonio, TX February 27: Tampa, FL
February 24: Ft. Lauderdale, FL February 28: Jacksonville, FL

March Workshop Dates and Locations
March 6: San Diego, CA March 12: Winston-Salem, NC
March 7: Irvine, CA March 12: Sacramento, CA
March 8: Nashville, TN March 13: Chattanooga, TN
March 8: Columbia, SC March 13: Raleigh, NC
March 8: Pasadena, CA March 13: San Francisco, CA
March 10: Charlotte, NC March 14: Atlanta, GA
March 10: San Jose, CA March 15: Birmingham, AL
March 12: Knoxville, TN

April Workshop Dates and Locations
April 14: Allentown, PA April 18: Phoenix, AZ
April 16: Little Rock, AR April 19: Memphis, TN
April 16: Philadelphia, PA April 19: Fairfax County, VA
April 17: Shreveport, LA April 19: Tucson, AZ
April 17: Wilmington, DE April 21: Roanoke, VA
April 17: Phoenix, AZ April 23: Richmond, VA
April 18: Jackson, MS April 24: Norfolk, VA
April 18: Baltimore, MD April 30: Providence, RI

May Workshop Dates and Locations
May 1: Boston, MA May 3: Hartford, CT
May 2: Springfield, MA

About Vernier Software & Technology
Vernier Software & Technology has been an innovator of data-collection technology for 25 years. Creating easy-to-use and affordable science interfaces, sensors, probes and software, their products can be found in education from elementary school to college. Vernier helps teachers enhance their science curriculum, increase learning, and build students´ critical thinking skills. Vernier´s technologies are in use worldwide in more than 120 countries. For more information visit www.vernier.com

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