Dec 11, 2009

Guest blog - Michele P - New Vernier STEM books

From Michel P:


STEM 2 with Vernier and LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT STEM with Vernier and LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT

Vernier Software & Technology has just published their second educational book for the NXT aimed at middle and high school students. STEM 2 with Vernier and LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT includes activities using Vernier’s Force Sensor, Magnetic Field Sensor, Voltage Probe, and Gas Pressure Sensor. It covers topics in physical science and engineering, including mechanics, pressure, electricity, and magnetism. Students are challenged to build and program robots for testing batteries, finding land mines, breaking string, tracking the sun, and controlling a Cartesian diver.

Vernier’s original STEM book covers topics in environmental science and engineering, including soil moisture, water quality, acidity, and UV radiation, using their pH Sensor, UVB Sensor, Temperature Probe, Conductivity Probe, and Soil Moisture Sensor. It has 14 labs and 4 projects, including an aquarium monitor, a plant watering system, and a sunscreen tester. Both books include all construction and programming instructions. You can download sample activities from the Vernier.com/NXT website.

3 comments:

LEGOmom said...

I've been looking at these books and the accompanying sensors. Perhaps I should buy a lottery ticket.

LEGOmom

Jim Kelly said...

Yes, Vernier's never been shy about their pricing, have they?

LEGOmom said...

A friend of mine recently bought these books and sensors for a class she teaches at a local community college. The class is for bright, science-oriented middle school+ students. Perhaps I can get her to write a short review of her experience so far w/ these materials if anyone is interested.

LEGOmom

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