YOUR NEWS: Science, STEM Educators recognized for innovative use of data collection technology


BEAVERTON, Oregon | Vernier Software and Technology and the National Science Teachers Association have announced the winners of the 2017 Vernier/NSTA Technology Awards, which includes one Aurora teacher.

The seven educators, including teacher Kathryn Eyolfson of Coyote Hills Elementary in Aurora, were selected by a panel of NSTA-appointed experts as recipients of this annual award for their innovative use of data-collection technology in the science classroom.

Each winner was formally recognized March 31 at the NSTA National Conference in Los Angeles, where they received $1,000 in cash, $3,000 in Vernier products and paid expenses.

“Each of this year’s winners exemplify how data-collection technology can transform the teaching and learning process in science and STEM classrooms,” said John Wheeler, CEO of Vernier Software and Technology. “From hands-on investigations about renewable energy to the study of electric and magnetic field lines, the winning projects incorporate data-collection technology in innovative ways to engage students in meaningful, hands-on scientific discovery.”

STEM teacher Eyolfson teaches her students about renewable and nonrenewable energy resources through inquiry and project-based learning. During one unit, fifth-grade students utilize Vernier technology as they apply science and engineering practices to construct wind turbines with the KidWind Advanced Wind Turbine Kit.