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Vernier Contest

What: Vernier Software & Technology’s 2017 Engineering Contest

Who: Middle and high school STEM teachers

Prizes: $5,500 in cash, technology, and expenses to attend either the 2017 ASEE or NSTA annual conference.

Deadline: Feb. 15, 2017

Vernier Software & Technology‘s 2017 Engineering Contest recognizes science and STEM teachers for their creative uses of Vernier sensors to teach students engineering concepts and practices. Two winning teachers—one middle school teacher and one high school teacher—will each receive prizes valued at $5,500.

To enter, educators must complete an online application as well as produce a video that showcases the engineering project in action, describes the Vernier sensors being used, and highlights the engineering concepts being addressed, specifically as the project addresses the engineering practices outlined in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

The sensors may be used in conjunction with Logger Pro software, NI LabVIEW software, LEGO NXT, VEX, or any other system incorporating Vernier sensors.

Applications are due by February 15, 2017 and will be judged on innovation, engineering objectives, and ease by which other teachers can replicate the project.

Each winner will 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.

2016 winning projects focused on developing specialized water filters and designing bridges made out of a single material without adhesives.

For complete information on the 2017 Vernier Engineering Contest and to submit an application, visit

Founded by a former physics teacher, Vernier hires educators at all levels of the organization and is committed to developing creative ways to teach and learn STEM through hands-on projects and design challenges.

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