Vernier's "LabQuest 2" and "Connected Science System" Win Leading Education Awards
Data-collection device and networked collection of technology honored in the Worlddidac and eSchool Media’s Readers Choice Awards
BEAVERTON, Oregon, September 5, 2012 – Vernier Software & Technology was recently recognized as a winner for its LabQuest 2 data-collection interface by two leading awards programs – the Worlddidac Awards and the eSchool Media’s Readers Choice Awards. The Worlddidac Awards also named the Connected Science System, a networked collection of technology used with LabQuest 2, as a winner.
“Vernier is honored to be recognized by two organizations dedicated to serving educators across the globe,” said David Vernier, co-founder of Vernier and a former physics teacher. “We designed LabQuest 2 and the Connected Science System to provide teachers with maximum flexibility because now — more than ever before — teachers are facing a changing world of technology that includes an increase in tablet devices. At the end of the day, our goal is to provide educators with affordable and versatile probeware for student instruction.”
Used as a standalone device, or as a data-collection interface for computers with Vernier’s Logger Pro software, LabQuest 2 features a 12.8 cm, high-resolution touch screen, real-time data collection, powerful analysis tools, and on-board curriculum. Its built-in GPS, 3-axis accelerometer, ambient temperature, light, and microphone sensors broaden data-collection opportunities while offering schools increased value. Additionally, LabQuest 2’s software features quick response to touch, curve fits, and modeling, and the interface can collect data at a rate of up to 100,000 samples per second.
The LabQuest 2 also comes with the Connected Science System, which includes Graphical AnalysisTM for iPad®, Vernier Data ShareTM, and LabQuest Viewer, to support hands-on, collaborative learning with individualized accountability. Using the built-in Wi-Fi capability, students can use the system to share data from LabQuest 2 to any device with a web browser, including iPad, iPhone®, and Android™ devices. Students can also send data from LabQuest 2 to any email address, and they can connect LabQuest 2 to a computer with a projector to view and control the device in a presentation format. More information and a variety of reviews may be found at www.vernier.com/labquest.
About the Worlddidac Awards
For more than 25 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 innovative and pedagogically valuable products with a high potential to improve learning or teaching. Winning products are chosen by a jury of education experts based on a product’s overall educational value, design, sustainability, and more.
About the eSchool Media’s Readers Choice Awards
The eSchool Media’s Readers Choice Awards is an annual program in which readers of eSchool Media’s publications – eSchool News, eCampus News, and eClassroom News – vote for their favorite products. This year’s 50 winning products, which received the most nominations from educators, include hardware, software, and online services in various areas of educational technology.
“The strongest feature of the LabQuest unit is that it is simple enough for an elementary student to use for experiments, and the data that it can produce are detailed enough that it also can be used for high school and college inquiries,” said Connie Bachmann, principal of a K-5 STEM magnet school in the Michigan City Area Schools, in her nomination. “Because it is handheld, it is easy to use by individuals or in a small group setting… Our students have truly gained a better understanding of scientific inquiry as they personally engaged in data collection with the LabQuests.”
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.