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Science Educators Boost Hands-On Teaching Skills by Attending Vernier’s Summer Workshops

Participants Learn How To Integrate Data-Collection Technology into Curriculum for Chemistry, Biology, Physics and Other Science Disciplines

BEAVERTON, Oregon, May 11, 2011 – Vernier Software & Technology provides science educators nationwide with practical training to help them expand their teaching repertoire and integrate data-collection technology into their curriculum during the company’s summer workshop series. Starting in June, educators can participate in 6-hour workshops where they will perform hands-on data-collection activities using Vernier’s LabQuest handhelds.

“Throughout the years, our workshops have provided educators with valuable training on how to use data-collection technologies to teach and engage their students,” said David Vernier, co-founder of Vernier and a former physics teacher. “With our workshops, educators get a unique opportunity to learn new teaching techniques, taught by trained instructors, that they can then bring back to their classrooms.”

The workshops provide concepts and lessons covering a variety of science disciplines, including chemistry, biology, physics, middle school science, physical science and Earth science. Led by current or former classroom science and math teachers, the workshops 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 13: Birmingham, AL
June 15: Memphis, TN
June 17: St. Louis, MO
June 27: Dallas, TX
June 29: Houston, TX
 
July Workshop Dates and Locations
July 1: Baton Rouge, LA
July 18: Chicago, IL
July 20: Indianapolis, IN
July 22: Columbus, OH
 
August Workshop Dates and Locations
August 1: Providence, RI
August 3: New York, NY
August 5: Baltimore, MD
August 16: Beaverton, OR
August 18: Seattle, 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, chemistry and physics. Graduate credit hours are available for these institutes.

Interested educators can select dates from the schedule below. 

High School Subject-Specific Institute Dates and Locations

Biology/AP Biology
June 20-21: Raleigh, NC
July 11-12: Boston, MA
 
AP Chemistry
June 22-23: Raleigh, NC
July 13-14: Boston, MA
 
Physics/AP Physics
June 24-25: Raleigh, NC
July 15-16: Boston, MA
 

College Subject-Specific Institute Dates and Locations

College Biology
August 8-9: Beaverton, OR
 
College Chemistry
August 10-11: Beaverton, OR
 
College Physics
August 12-13: Beaverton, OR
 
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 30 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.

Contact: Daylene Long, Vernier Software & Technology, 503-277-2299, dlong@vernier.com