Starting in September, Triangle Coalition member Vernier Software & Technology will offer science and math educators across the country a number of free hands-on workshops in data-collection technology using computers and calculators. Participants will have the opportunity to train with LabQuest, Vernier's new, handheld graphing interface. Those wishing to learn about data-collection technology using TI graphing calculators will also have options to explore. Educators may register at www.vernier.com/workshop or sign up to be notified by e-mail when registration opens for specific workshops. Educators will spend a 4-hour session learning how to integrate the data-collection technology into their chemistry, biology, physics, math, middle school science, physical science, and Earth science curriculum. Participants will have an opportunity to collect data on the LabQuest and instantaneously view data and make analyses on the LabQuest screen.
Educators who choose to do so can earn two (quarter) Graduate Science credit hours through the Portland State University Center for Science Education. The Graduate credit hours will be awarded to participants who attend a workshop and elect to complete a follow-up project using data collection technology. A brief lesson plan and a description of how to plan to integrate this project into a curriculum will be required. The workshops include a manual and four hours of free training. Educators also have the option of purchasing technology along with their free training. Details are available at www.vernier.com/workshop.