Vernier Software & Technology Wins Two Tech & Learning TCEA 2019 Best of Show Awards

‘Coding with mBot: Life Hacks’ and ‘Exploring Motion and Force with Go Direct Sensor Cart’ selected by panel of tech-savvy educators

BEAVERTON, Oregon, February 21, 2019 — Vernier Software & Technology recently won Tech & Learning TCEA 2019 Best of Show Awards for both its Coding with mBot: Life Hacks and Exploring Motion and Force with Go Direct Sensor Cart downloadable activity modules. The awards, which are chosen by a panel of tech-savvy educators during the TCEA Convention & Exposition, recognize exemplary products and services that show the greatest promise in today’s classrooms.

“Our new downloadable modules provide engaging, hands-on experiments and activities that teach students important STEM concepts,” said John Wheeler, CEO of Vernier Software & Technology. “Having both of these resources win TCEA 2019 Best of Show Awards is a great honor. Supporting students in meaningful scientific discovery and in developing their knowledge of coding using experiments and activities such as these is at the heart of what we do.” 

The Coding with mBot: Life Hacks module includes seven activities that teach middle and high school students about important 21st century coding concepts. The activities introduce problem-solving strategies, nurture creativity, strengthen critical thinking skills, and build students’ confidence as they learn coding language.  

Available as a free download after purchasing the mBot™ STEM Classroom Kit by MakeBlock® from Vernier, the module helps students successfully learn to program the mBot robot to solve a number of practical problems using robotics and coding such as sorting colored objects or monitoring noise levels. It also helps build students’ troubleshooting skills as they progress through the activities. The module, which is based on the free mBlock™ 5 software for computers and Chromebook™ devices, is an intuitive and engaging resource for today’s STEM classrooms.

The Exploring Motion and Force with Go Direct Sensor Cart module includes seven ready-to-use experiments that investigate force of friction, aspects of motion, and simple machines such as the lever, ramp, and pulley, all using the award-winning Go Direct® Sensor Cart and other materials typically found in the classroom. The module also includes instructor information, including teaching tips, suggested answers, and sample data and graphs.

With the completely-wireless Go Direct Sensor Cart, middle and high school students can collect force, position, velocity, and acceleration data directly on their devices with Bluetooth® wireless technology—no additional equipment is required. The cart, which is the latest addition to the popular Vernier dynamics cart system, reduces experiment set up time and makes it easy to conduct basic experiments on or off a track.

To learn more about Coding with mBot: Life Hacks and Exploring Motion and Force with Go Direct Sensor Cart, visit www.vernier.com.

About Vernier Software & Technology

Vernier Software & Technology has led the innovation of scientific data-collection technology for 38 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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