BEAVERTON, Oregon, March 30, 2017 – On August 21, 2017, individuals across the United States will have the opportunity to experience a total solar eclipse for the first time in 38 years. To help science and STEM educators use the Great American Eclipse as a learning experience, Vernier Software & Technology is providing resources and tips for viewing the eclipse, and they are encouraging educators to share data collected during the event.
“A total solar eclipse is a truly amazing—and very rare—event,” said David Vernier, co-founder of Vernier and a former physics teacher. “To help make the most of this phenomenon, we are providing a variety of resources about the eclipse and how to incorporate data collection into the viewing experience.”
To safely view the total solar eclipse, Vernier is offering certified eclipse viewing glasses. Educators can purchase class packs of 40 glasses on the Vernier website for $16. Vernier is also giving away eclipse glasses to teachers (one per teacher) this week at the NSTA National Conference in Los Angeles, CA at its booth (#1625).
To help educators collect data during the eclipse, Vernier is offering information on collecting light, temperature, and wind speed data with applicable sensors, such as the Vernier Light Sensor, UVA and UVB Sensors, Surface Temperature Sensor, and Anemometer, among others. Educators can also access reference materials about the eclipse, safety tips, and more.
Educators are encouraged to share data and pictures from their solar eclipse experience by emailing email@example.com or posting on social media using the hashtag #VernierEclipse. After the eclipse, Vernier will compile and provide a summary of the data collected from educators across the country.
To learn more about the resources and tips provided by Vernier for the Great American Eclipse, and to register to receive updates about the data-sharing project, visitwww.vernier.com/eclipse.
About Vernier Software & Technology
Vernier Software & Technology has led the innovation of scientific data-collection technology for 36 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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