Vernier Software & Technology has announced the winners—one high school teacher and one middle school teacher—of its 2017 Engineering Contest. Carl Stoltz of Hononegah High School in Rockton, Illinois and Tate Rector of Beebe Junior High School in Beebe, Arkansas were recognized for their creative use of Vernier sensors to introduce engineering concepts or practices to their STEM students.
The winning projects demonstrated engineering practices called for in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and were chosen based on innovation and the ease by which other teachers can replicate the project.
The winners each receive $1,000 in cash, $3,000 in Vernier technology, and $1,500 toward expenses to attend the 2017 National Science Teachers’ Association (NSTA) STEM conference or the 2017 American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) conference.
In “Sound Proofing Box,” students were challenged to reduce the intensity of a sound travelling through a box, as measured by a Vernier Sound Level Sensor.
In “Baby Saver 2000,” a group of Rector’s students worked collaboratively to design a safety device for cars that warns operators when the interior is becoming too hot for infants.
To watch videos of the 2017 winning projects in action or to learn more about the winners, visit http://www.vernier.com/grants/engineering/2017-winners/.