Students introduced to Solar Energy Concepts Using Hands-on Experiments

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Vernier data-collection technology to help students develop solutions to real-world problems

BEAVERTON, OR – Vernier Software & Technology wrote its new Investigating Solar Energy lab book to expose students in grades 4–6 to solar energy concepts while helping them develop solutions to real-world problems. The lab book, which contains nine experiments and two culminating engineering projects, teaches students about solar energy, energy transfer, series and parallel circuits, and variables that affect solar panel output.

“Educators need to help students meet the Next Generation Science Standards performance expectations, and providing engaging, hands-on solar energy activities to meet these expectations can have a positive impact on students’ interest in both science and engineering,” said John Wheeler, CEO of Vernier Software & Technology. “Our new lab book offers experiments that both challenge students and engage them in solving problems using science, technology, engineering and mathematics.”

During the experiments, students explore—and find solutions to—real-world situations such as designing and building a model home that uses solar energy, using the engineering design process to construct a solar oven, and more. These experiments utilize the LabQuest 2 or LabQuest Mini, KidWind Solar Energy Exploration Kit, Vernier Energy Sensor, Vernier Resistor Board, and Surface Temperature Sensor.

The lab book includes print and electronic experiment files, sample data and graphs, complete equipment lists, teacher resources such as equipment and teaching tips, related skills, standards correlations, and more. 

To learn more about the Investigating Solar Energy lab book, visit


About Vernier Software & Technology

Vernier Software & Technology has been a leading global innovator of scientific data-collection technology for 35 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 worldwide distribution to over 130 countries, Vernier data loggers are used by educators and students from elementary school to University. Vernier technology-based solutions enhance STEM education, increase learning, build students' critical thinking skills, and support the science and engineering practices detailed in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The Vernier business culture is grounded in Earth-friendly policies and practices, and the company provides a family-friendly workplace. For more information, visit

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