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on November 21, 2009 at 11:13:45 am

The Vernier Sensor Suite


All high school science programs require sound laboratory investigations.  Although no one would argue with the benefits of such a program, the time and equipment required has often meant it is overlooked or only briefly touched on.  Despite this, research has consistently shown the benefits of such programs.  Educators, both in secondary and post secondary environments struggle find a balance between lecture time and laboratory time.  Secondary schools are also subject to equipment shortage.  Rarely do they have enough equipment for each student to conduct their own experiments.  Rather, students typically work in groups of 3 or 4. Although this allows the schools to get by with less equipment, it diminishes the learning opportunities and is a less than ideal solution.  


On its own, the vernier equipment partially solves one of these problems.  Vernier equipment is designed to allow students and teachers to collect data and conduct experiments in a efficient, streamlined manner.  Digital sensors plug into an interface device which provide students and educators with the ability to graph, analyze and interpret data on the spot.  This greatly reduces the amount of time required both in carrying out the experiments and in analyzing the results. 

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