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Vernier’s Summer Workshops Help Instructors Integrate Data-Collection Technology into Their Science Curriculum

May 21, 2012

Workshops provide educators with concentrated hands-on professional development using probeware

BEAVERTON, Ore., May 21, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — This June Vernier Software & Technology will provide science educators nationwide with practical training to integrate data-collection technology into their curriculum during the company’s summer workshop series. Participating educators will perform hands-on data-collection activities using Vernier’s LabQuest 2 and LabQuest Mini devices during the 6-hour workshops.

“The use of data-collection technology provides students with engaging opportunities for scientific discovery,” said David Vernier, co-founder of Vernier and a former physics teacher. “Led by current or former classroom science and math teachers, the hands-on workshops help instructors learn new and innovative teaching and data-collection techniques, which they can then use with their students to further expand scientific learning.”

The summer workshops teach concepts and lessons appropriate for a variety of science disciplines, including chemistry, biology, physics, middle school science, physical science and Earth science. The workshops additionally offer professional development for science educators and attendees have the option of earning two (quarter) Graduate Science credit hours through the Portland State University Center for Science Education.

Interested educators can select dates from the schedule below.

June Workshop Dates and Locations

    June 11: Dallas, TX    June 11: Omaha, NE
    June 14: Little Rock,
     AR                    June 14: Minneapolis, MN
    June 25: Atlanta, GA    June 25: Rosemont (Chicago),
    June 28: Raleigh, NC    June 28: Warrensville Heights
                            (Cleveland), OH

July Workshop Dates and Locations

    July 16: Boston, MA             July 16: Phoenix, AZ
    July 19: Philadelphia, PA       July 19: San Diego, CA

August Workshop Dates and Locations

    August 6: Beaverton, OR      August 9: Spokane, WA

In addition to the summer workshops, Vernier will also offer two-day, subject-specific institutes that provide in-depth, expert training on how to use probeware in the classroom. Each institute will focus on a specific science discipline such as high school biology/AP Biology, AP Chemistry and physics/AP Physics, as well as college biology and chemistry. Graduate credit hours are also available for these institutes.

Interested educators can select dates from the schedule below.

High School Institutes: Dates and Locations

    Biology/AP Biology June 22-23: Denver, July 9-10: Linthicum
                       CO                  (Baltimore), MD
    AP Chemistry       June 20-21: Denver, July 11-12: Linthicum
                       CO                  (Baltimore), MD
    Physics/AP Physics June 18-19: Denver, July 13-14: Linthicum
                       CO                  (Baltimore), MD

College Institutes: Dates and Locations

    College Biology             August 6-7: Downers Grove
                                (Chicago), IL
    College Chemistry           August 8-9: Downers Grove
                                (Chicago), IL

For complete details and to register for a Vernier workshop or institute near you, visit http://www.vernier.com/workshop.

About Vernier Software & Technology

Vernier Software & Technology has been a leading innovator of scientific data-collection technology for 31 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, and build students’ critical thinking skills. 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.

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