BEAVERTON, Oregon, June 12, 2007 ? Starting in September, Vernier Software & Technology will offer science and math educators across the country a number of free hands-on workshops in data-collection technology using computers and calculators. Participants will have the opportunity to train with LabQuest, Vernier´s new, handheld graphing interface. Those wishing to learn about data-collection technology using TI graphing calculators will also have options to explore. Educators may register at www.vernier.com/workshop or sign up to be notified by e-mail when registration opens for specific workshops.

Educators will spend a 4-hour session learning how to integrate the 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 the LabQuest and instantaneously view data and make analyses on the LabQuest screen. The workshops will include a light meal 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. The Graduate credit hours will be awarded to participants who attend a workshop and elect to complete a follow-up project using data collection technology. A brief lesson plan and a description of how to plan to integrate this project into a curriculum will be required.

The workshops include a manual and four hours of free training. Educators also have the option of purchasing technology along with their free training. Details are available on the website at www.vernier.com/workshop.

According to David Vernier, co-founder of Vernier and a former physics teacher, "These workshops are a great opportunity for educators who are new to data collection or want to refresh their knowledge. Not only will they learn from experts, but they´ll also have the chance to use cutting-edge technology, the Vernier LabQuest." The workshops will be held in 40 cities nationwide, and interested educators can select dates from the following schedule.

September Workshop Dates and Locations

  • September 15: Tulsa, OK
  • September 17: Fort Worth, TX
  • September 17: Oklahoma City, OK
  • September 18: Dallas, TX
  • September 18: Wichita, KS
  • September 19: Waco, TX
  • September 20: Austin, TX
  • September 20: Kansas City, MO
  • September 22: San Antonio, TX
  • September 24: San Antonio, TX
  • September 25: Corpus Christi, TX
  • September 26: Lincoln, NE
  • September 26: Houston, TX
  • September 27: Omaha, NE
  • September 29: Des Moines, IA

October Workshop Dates and Locations

  • October 1: Cedar Rapids, IA
  • October 9: St. Louis, MO
  • October 11: Evansville, IN
  • October 13: Louisville, KY
  • October 15: Lexington, KY
  • October 16: Newark, NJ
  • October 17: White Plains, NY
  • October 18: New Haven, CT
  • October 20: Hartford, CT
  • October 20: Indianapolis, IN
  • October 22: Cincinnati, OH
  • October 23: Dayton, OH
  • October 25: Providence, RI
  • October 25: Columbus, OH
  • October 27: Worcester, MA
  • October 27: Pittsburgh, PA
  • October 29: Boston, MA
  • October 30: Portsmouth, NH

November and December Workshop Dates and Locations

  • November 13: Cleveland, OH
  • November 14: Toledo, OH
  • November 15: Detroit, MI
  • November 17: Grand Rapids, MI
  • November 27: Chicago, IL
  • November 28: Chicago, IL
  • November 29: Milwaukee, WI
  • December 1: Madison, WI
  • December 3: La Crosse, WI

About Vernier Software & Technology

Vernier Software & Technology has been an innovator of data-collection technology for 26 years. Creating easy-to-use and affordable science interfaces, sensors, 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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