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Workshops provide opportunities for educators to use computer and handheld technology to gain real-world experience with data collection

BEAVERTON, Ore., -- Starting this February, science and STEM educators can participate in one of Vernier Software & Technology's 30 free nationwide workshops. The 4-hour hands-on workshops will teach attendees how to integrate computer and handheld data-collection technology into their science curriculum while providing a valuable professional development opportunity.

Led by current or former classroom science and math teachers, each workshop will provide educators with valuable tips and lesson ideas that they can use in their chemistry, biology, physics, middle school science, physical science, and Earth science classes.

"It is essential to provide educators with ongoing professional development opportunities so they can learn new teaching techniques while honing their skills in conducting hands-on science experiments," said David Vernier, co-founder of Vernier Software & Technology and a former physics teacher. "Vernier's data-collection workshops offer a cost-effective option for schools and districts to provide their teachers with this training in a hands-on, engaging manner."

Attendees have the option of earning two (quarter) Graduate Science credit hours through the Portland State University Center for Science Education. Each workshop also includes a light meal and experiment handouts.

Interested educators can select dates from the schedule below.

February Workshop Dates and Locations

February 21: Oklahoma City, OK
February 23: Dallas, TX
February 25: Houston, TX
February 27: San Antonio, TX
February 27: Tampa, FL
February 28: Orlando, FL

March Workshop Dates and Locations

March 1: Ft. Lauderdale, FL March 12: Birmingham, AL
March 14: Marietta, GA March 15: Chattanooga, TN
March 15: Norfolk, VA March 17: Richmond, VA
March 19: Arlington, VA March 20: Nashville, TN
March 20: Baltimore, MD March 22: Wilmington, DE
April Workshop Dates and Locations

April 16: Memphis, TN April 18: Jackson, MS
April 19: Baton Rouge, LA April 24: Princeton, NJ
April 25: Newark, NJ April 26: White Plains, NY
April 28: Bridgeport, CT April 30: Hartford, CT
April 30: San Jose, CA April 30: Tri-Cities, TN
May Workshop Dates and Locations

May 1: Oakland, CA May 1: Winston-Salem, NC
May 3: Sacramento, CA May 3: Columbia, SC

To register for a Vernier probeware workshop near you, visit www.vernier.com/workshop.

About Vernier Software & Technology

Vernier Software & Technology has been a leading innovator of scientific data-collection technology for 31 years. Focused on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), Vernier is dedicated to developing creative ways to teach and learn using hands-on science. Vernier creates easy-to-use and affordable science interfaces, sensors, and graphing/analysis software. With world-wide distribution to over 130 countries, Vernier products are used by educators and students from elementary school to college. Vernier's technology-based solutions enhance STEM education, increase learning, and build students' critical thinking skills. Vernier's business culture is grounded in Earth-friendly policies and practices, and the company provides a family-friendly workplace. For more information, visit www.vernier.com.

CONTACT: CONTACT: Daylene Long, Vernier Software & Technology, +1-503-277-2299, dlong@vernier.com

Web Site: www.vernier.com/

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