Vernier Probes Workshop
Technology Integration in Science Through Probes
By: Brittany Kappenmacher
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
- 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
Different Probes and Sensors
Dual Force Sensor
This sensor is a general purpose sensor for measuring pushing and pulling forces. Two ranges allow you to measure forces as small as 0.01 newtons and as large as 50 newtons. It can be used in a broad range of ways; study of friction, study of simple machines and force needed to move a load, impact in collisions, and centripetal force.
This sensor is used to collect and graph temperatures. When plugged into a computer and the Logger Lite software is started the temperatures are graphed and collected in real time.
This sensor is used to collect position, velocity and acceleration data of moving objects. Students can use this senor to graph the motion of a ball, a cart on a ramp, pendulum motion or themselves. It is easy to use and allows students to focus on learning the scientific concepts instead of setting up the lab.
Dual Force Sensor
Using Probes in Lessons
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.
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.
Dual Force Sensor- Oh! My Aching Back! How Ramps Make Lifting Easier
Go! Temp- How Do Mittens Keep You Warm?
Go! Motion- Spring into Action!
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