Three STEM teachers each win $5,500 in prizes for their innovative use of Vernier sensors in teaching engineering concepts

STEM-engineeringVernier Software & Technology recently named the winners of its 2015 Engineering Contest. The three winning educators – Tate Rector of Beebe Public Schools in Beebe, Ariz.; Ross Gunderson of Delaware County Christian School in Newtown Square, Pa.; and, Gioya De Souza-Fennelly of Columbia University’s Teachers College in New York, N.Y. were chosen for their innovative teaching of engineering concepts and practices using Vernier sensors in the classroom.

“The Vernier Engineering Contest provides a great opportunity for educators to share their best practices with other educators who are looking to incorporate data-collection technology into their own engineering instruction in new and creative ways,” said David Vernier, co-founder of Vernier and a former physics teacher. “This year’s winners all demonstrated truly innovative uses of sensor technology and exemplified how it can engage students in hands-on learning as they work through the engineering design process.”

Selected by a panel of Vernier educational experts, each winner received $1,000 in cash, $3,000 in Vernier technology, and $1,500 toward expenses to attend the 2015 National Science Teachers’ Association (NSTA) STEM Forum and Expo in Minneapolis, MN or the 2015 American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) conference in Seattle, WA.

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