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STEM Educators Nationwide Share Total Solar Eclipse Data Collected with Vernier Probeware

Data help fellow educators teach students about real-life physical phenomena

BEAVERTON, Oregon, October 2, 2017 – Vernier Software & Technology is highlighting examples of the data collected by educators nationwide during this summer’s total solar eclipse. The data, which were all collected using Vernier technology, are available for free on the Vernier website for educators to use to teach students about the scientific aspects of real-life physical phenomena such as a solar eclipse.

“The total solar eclipse provided a spectacular opportunity for educators to use data-collection technology to truly engage students in meaningful, hands-on learning,” said David Vernier, co-founder of Vernier and a former physics teacher. “Now, teachers can use the data shared on the Vernier website in their lesson plans throughout the year to teach students about the rare phenomenon and help them make real-world, scientific connections.”

Educators from Oregon to South Carolina used a variety of Vernier sensors during the eclipse to collect data, including the Stainless Steel Temperature Probe, the Light Sensor, and the UVA and UVB Sensors.

“It really was exciting to watch the light intensity change in three different ranges as a result of both the eclipse and the cloud cover,” said Benjamin Grimes of Roncalli High School in Indianapolis, Indiana. “My students had a great discussion.”

In addition to educator data, David Vernier also shared the data he collected while experiencing the eclipse in Turner, Oregon, near the center of the zone of totality.

To view the data collected during the total solar eclipse, visit www.vernier.com/eclipse.   

About Vernier Software & Technology

Vernier Software & Technology has led the innovation of scientific data-collection technology for 36 years. Vernier was founded by a former physics teacher and employs educators at all levels of the organization. The company is committed to teachers and to developing creative ways to teach and learn science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) using hands-on science. Vernier creates easy-to-use and affordable science interfaces, sensors, and graphing/analysis software. With worldwide distribution to over 140 countries, Vernier data loggers are used by educators and students from elementary school to university. Vernier 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). The Vernier business culture is grounded in Earth-friendly policies and practices, and the company provides a family-friendly workplace. For more information, visit http://www.vernier.com.

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