Vernier Introduces Three New Probes for the LabQuest (R)

New Sensors Expand Possibilities for STEM education

BEAVERTON OR, USA — /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Vernier Software & Technology has added three new probes that are compatible with Vernier’s data-collection device, LabQuest.

Students can now collect scientific data with the new GPS Sensor, Wide-Range Temperature Probe and Power Amplifier. Like other probes in the collection, when connected to the LabQuest students can view and analyze data in a meter, data table or graph mode using Vernier’s award-winning technology.

The Vernier GPS (Global Positioning System) Sensor collects location data, such as latitude, longitude, and altitude right on the LabQuest or computer. It connects directly to a USB port and can be used for such experiments as measuring water quality at various sites along a stream.

Physical science students can use the GPS Sensor to track location vs. sensor data such as acceleration in a car or train. Real-time graphs are viewable on the LabQuest or students may export data to various mapping programs including Google Maps and ArcGIS.

Vernier’s GPS sensor is compatible with LabQuest software version 1.2 and computers running Logger Pro 3.7.

When looking to measure a variety of organic compounds, the new Wide-Range Temperature Probe is perfect for the chemistry lab. It features a wide temperature range, from -20??C to 330??C. The high upper limit of the sensor allows for melting point determinations of most organic compounds.

In addition, the Wide-Range Temperature Probe uses RTD (Resistance Temperature Detection) technology to establish a +/-0.1??C accuracy throughout its temperature range, as well as excellent stability and repeatability. The Wide Range Temperature Probe is compatible with LabQuest software version 1.2 and Logger Pro 3.7.

Rounding out the new collection is the Power Amplifier, a device that allows students to drive a variety of loads including speakers, lamps, small DC motors, and RLC circuits. The amplifier delivers a +/-10 V and currents up to 1 A and works with any waveform, including DC, sine, square, triangle, and sawtooth waveforms. The Power Amplifier is compatible with LabQuest software version 1.2 and Logger Pro 3.7.1.

Pricing and Availability

All probes will launch in March 2009. The Power Amplifier sells for $199. The Wide-range Temperature Probe sells for $64 and the GPS sells for $64. For more information visit the website at www.vernier.com.

About Lab Quest:

LabQuest is a handheld data collection device that contains six sensor ports, a built-in temperature probe, and a built-in microphone for recording voice annotations. Its applications include a stopwatch, a periodic table, an on-screen keyboard and a scientific calculator. Users can operate the device either via its buttons or by pressing an accompanying stylus to the touch screen and on-screen keyboard. LabQuest is splash proof, can withstand a temperature range of 0 – 70 degrees C, and includes rubber molding for shock absorption, making the device suitable for both the classroom and field studies. The handheld allows students to collect data from more than 65 sensors and view the information as a meter, data table or graph on the color graphic display.

About Vernier Software & Technology

Vernier Software & Technology has been an innovator of data-collection technology for 28 years. Creating easy-to-use and affordable science interfaces, sensors, and software, their products can be found in education from elementary school to college. Vernier helps teachers enhance their science curriculum, increase learning, and build students’ critical thinking skills. Vernier’s technologies are in use worldwide in more than 125 countries.

For more information visit www.vernier.com.