Vernier Software & Technology to hold STEM-science teacher workshops

Monday, May 5, 2014

This summer, Vernier Software & Technology will offer more than 20 full-day, hands-on training institutes to help science and STEM teachers integrate data-collection technology into their science curriculum. Educators can select from either general or subject-specific institutes, during which they will work alongside a training specialist and use Vernier’s award-winning line of hardware and software technology to explore classroom-ready experiments and activities.

“Our Summer Institutes provide a great professional development opportunity for educators who are looking to increase their use of data-collection and analysis in the classroom as called for in the Next Generation Science Standards,” said David Vernier, co-founder of Vernier and a former physics teacher. “The hands-on training and guidance from our specialists allow participants to learn new and innovative teaching techniques that they can then use with their students.”

The general, full-day institutes are designed to meet the needs of teachers from a wide variety of grade levels and STEM disciplines, including physics, chemistry, biology, environmental/Earth science, middle school science, and more. In addition to the training, each participating teacher will receive a Workshop Training Manual on CD, a Vernier lab book or $50 gift certificate, and more.

The workshops additionally offer attendees the option of earning two (quarter) Graduate Science credit hours through the Portland State University Center for Science Education.

Interested teachers can select dates from the schedule below.

June 2014 Institute Dates and Locations
June 16: San Antonio, TX
June 18: Dallas, TX
June 20: Little Rock, AR
June 23: Minneapolis, MN
June 25: Des Moines, IA
June 27: Chicago, IL

July 2014 Institute Dates and Locations
July 9: Boston, MA
July 11: Long Island, NY
July 14: Philadelphia, PA
July 16: Baltimore, MD
July 18: Washington DC
July 21: Norfolk, VA

August 2014 Institute Dates and Locations
August 6: Missoula, MT
August 8: Spokane, WA
August 13: Beaverton, OR

Vernier’s Subject-Specific Institutes will be held at their headquarters in Beaverton, OR. The institutes will provide teachers with in-depth experience using probeware for a specific science or engineering subject. Interested teachers can select dates from the schedule below.
July 14: Engineering and STEM with Logger Pro
July 15: Vernier Sensors with Arduino™
July 15: Vernier Sensors with LEGO®
July 16–17: Physics
July 21–22: Biology/AP Biology
July 23: Environmental Science/Field Biology
July 24–25: AP Chemistry

For complete details and to register for a Vernier Summer Institute near you, visit www.vernier.com/training/summer-institutes. To register for a Subject-Specific Institute, visit www.vernier.com/training.

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 www.vernier.com.