Vernier Probes Workshop

Technology Integration in Science Through Probes

By: Brittany Kappenmacher


4:00-4:05- Introductions/ Workshop Objectives

4:05- 4:10- What are Vernier Probes and Sensors?

4:10- 4:20- Benefits of Using Probes in the Classroom/ Video

4:20- 4:35- Different Probes and Sensors

4:35- 4:50- Using Probes in Lessons

4:50- 5:05- Student Activities/Experiments Using Probes

5:05- 5:50- Participation Activity

5:50- 5:55- Questions/ Comments

5:55- 6:00 Exit Ticket

Workshop Objectives

Participants will be able to:

- Explain what Vernier probes and sensors are and how they can be used

- Understand the benefits of probes in the classroom

What are Vernier probes and sensors?

Vernier sensors are scientific technology tools that can be used to measure and collect an assortment of data in the classroom. There are many benefits of using Vernier sensors in the classroom. The Vernier sensors are designed for education and hands-on experiments. They are well supported and easy to use, they meet the demands of the classroom. The sensors are supported by over 400 engaging experiments written by teachers, scientists, and technology experts.

The benefits of using probes in the classroom include:

- Student understanding of science concepts are improved

- Less time is spent on the tedious task of data collection allowing for student engagement in skills such as analysis, synthesis, and evaluation

- Students are able to perform experiments that they would not previously be able to do without these sensor

- Test scores in science have increased

- Sensors encourage inquiry-based lab activities

- Sensors are recommended by national organizations and support science learning standards

The Vernier Advantage- Video explaining the advantages of the probes/ sensors

The Vernier Advantage

Different Probes and Sensors

Vernier has developed many probes and sensors to meet various scientific needs and learning experiences. Some of the sensors include:

Using Probes in Lessons

Probes are very useful and beneficial to science instruction and can be incorporated into lesson plans and experiments.

In the lesson plan attached the Dual Force Sensor is being utilized. Students are using this probe to collect data on the amount of force that is needed to move the load by lifting it up without an inclined plane and then with an inclined plane.

Student Activities and Experiments Using the Probes

An experiment using the Dual Force Sensor is attached. This is the handout that students would complete during the lab and includes observations to be made, data collected, and an analysis section.

Vernier software has many experiments that you can choose from on their website or order the lab manuals and software to use in the classroom. These lessons are all inquiry based and engaging.

Participant Activity

In small groups you will now get the chance to explore the probes and sensors that can be incorporated into your science instruction and curriculum. There will be three groups: Dual Force sensor, Go! Temp, and Go! Motion. The three groups will rotate so that at the end of the 45 minutes you will be able to explore these three probes and understand how they work. For each group an experiment will be set up for you.

The experiments all come from Vernier and the materials will all be setup for you to begin working. When you go to your group you will need to read the introduction and purpose of the lab. After doing so you will work with your group to complete the procedure. There will be examples of the lab write up sheets at each group for you to examine. You will bring your notepad with you and take notes on each probe and any questions that you may have.

Station 1

Dual Force Sensor- Oh! My Aching Back! How Ramps Make Lifting Easier

Station 2

Go! Temp- How Do Mittens Keep You Warm?

Station 3

Go! Motion- Spring into Action!

Questions/ Comments?

Exit Ticket

1. What is one thing you learned today?

2. What is one thing you have a question about and will need coaching on?

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