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NSTA/Vernier Technology Award Winners

Posted Mar 28, 2007
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Seven educators nationwide are the recipients of the Vernier/National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Technology Award honors.

The Elementery category winner is Wendy Smith, 3rd grade teacher at Klem Road South Elementary School in Webster, NY. Her project, "Investigating Seasonal Changes," provides lessons that enable her students to become environmental scientists as they investigate seasonal changes and the ecosystem in a nearby park.

The Middle School category has two winners. Michael Breslow, 7th grade teacher at Belhaven Middle School in Linwood, NJ, was recognized for his "Learning Physics at the Ballpark" lesson that takes students to a nearby baseball stadium to study physics principles associated with pitching. Thomas Eddy, science teacher at Green Lake School District in Green Lake, WI, earned the honors for his "Biotic Indexing and Stream Water Quality" project that introduces students to the semi-annual monitoring of seven streams in the Green Lake watershed.

The High School category includes three winners. Timothy Couillard, a teacher at James River High School in Midlothian, VA, presented "In the Footsteps of Galileo: The James River Pumpkin Drop," an activity that combines a replica of Galileo's Tower of Pisa free fall experiment with a competition to produce a container that can protect a pumpkin dropped from various heights. Michael Liebl, a physics/chemistry/mathematics instructor at Mount Michael Benedictine School in Elkhorn, NE, submitted "A Flashlight Without Batteries! How Does That Work?," a physics lesson designed to develop discussion of energy production, storage, and transfer. Brent Osborn, science teacher at North Central High School in Spokane, WA, offered "Investigating Pinecroft Natural Area Preserve," a collaboration among inner-city school students and college and government researchers.

The College category winner is James Gordon, a professor of chemistry at Central Methodist University in Fayette, MO, who presented "Implementing Data Collection Technology at Central Methodist University."

Each educator will receive $1,000 in cash, $1,000 in Vernier products, and up to $1,000 toward expenses to attend the 2007 NSTA national convention in St. Louis. A formal recognition ceremony will be held during the meeting at the annual NSTA Awards Banquet.

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