Motion Encoder System and Video Physics for iOS win leading international award recognizing high quality and innovative educational products

BEAVERTON, Oregon, June 13, 2014 – Vernier Software & Technology was named a winner of the 2014 Worlddidac Awards for its Motion Encoder System and for Video Physics app for iPad®, iPhone®, and iPod touch®. For more than 30 years, the Worlddidac Foundation’s Worlddidac Awards have honored high quality and innovative educational products through its internationally recognized program.

“We are constantly working to provide both teachers and students with the most innovative technologies for science and STEM education,” said David Vernier, co-founder of Vernier and a former physics teacher. “The global recognition from the Worlddidac Awards for both our Motion Encoder System and Video Physics app is a great honor and further recognizes the impact of our products in the teaching and learning process.”

Based on Vernier’s original Dynamics System, the Vernier Motion Encoder System is a complete system for studying dynamics. It includes carts, a track, and associated hardware, in addition to a new optical motion encoder to record cart positions. The Motion Encoder Cart uses an optical sensor, positioned beneath the cart, to sense the passage of the cart over a marked strip on the track. The position information is sent as an encoded IR signal to a receiver at the track’s end. This optical-only system provides more repeatable and noise-resistant motion data when compared with a traditional ultrasonic motion detector, which is sometimes affected by stray ultrasound reflections.

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 2014 Worlddidac Awards, visit To learn more about the Motion Encoder System and Video Physics app, visit

About the Worlddidac Awards
For more than 30 years the Worlddidac Foundation has presented the Worlddidac Award, an internationally recognized distinction for companies who offer products and solutions for all levels of education. The Worlddidac Award is presented every two years to high quality and innovative products with a high potential to improve learning or teaching. Winning products are chosen by a jury of teachers and education experts based on a product’s overall educational value, design, sustainability, and more.

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

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Andrea Jones

Andrea Jones is a technology specialist in Virginia. A former French teacher, she currently supports technology integration in a middle school.