New module teaches key physics concepts

February 7, 2019 | Vernier Software & Technology

Vernier Software & Technology has released the Exploring Motion and Force with Go Direct Sensor Cart downloadable activity module to engage students in hands-on learning as they investigate key STEM concepts. The seven ready-to-use experiments found in the activity module explore frictional forces, motion, and simple machines, such as the lever, ramp, and pulley, all using the award-winning Go Direct Sensor Cart and other materials typically found in the classroom. The new activity module will be on display at the TCEA Convention in San Antonio, Texas, from February 5 to February 7, 2019 at Vernier booth #1078.

“The new activity module provides teachers with engaging hands-on activities they can easily incorporate into their science curricula and lesson plans,” said John Wheeler, CEO of Vernier Software & Technology. “The activities use the Go Direct Sensor Cart in a variety of ways—from testing a lever to simulating a car crash—to help students make meaningful learning connections as they collect and analyze data.”

With the Go Direct Sensor Cart, students can collect force, position, velocity, and acceleration data directly on their devices using Bluetooth wireless technology, without the need for any additional equipment. This latest addition to the popular Vernier dynamics cart system incorporates built-in wireless sensors to reduce setup time and makes data collection in basic experiments easier and quicker. In addition, the cart can collect data on or off a track. Experiments in the activity module that utilize the Go Direct Sensor Cart include Investigating Friction, Levers as Machines, Ramps as Machines, and Newton’s Second Law, among others.

The activity module provides teachers with electronic access to the most up-to-date versions of all of the experiments, as well as word-processing files of student pages so teachers can edit the experiments to match their teaching styles. It also includes helpful teaching tips, suggested answers, and sample data and graphs.

The Exploring Motion and Force with Go Direct Sensor Cart activity module is available for $20. To learn more, visit

About Vernier Software & Technology
Vernier Software & Technology has led the innovation of scientific data-collection technology for 38 years. Vernier was founded by a former physics teacher and employs educators at all levels of the organization. The company is committed to teachers and to developing creative ways to teach and learn science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) using hands-on science. Vernier creates easy-to-use and affordable science interfaces, sensors, and graphing/analysis software. With worldwide distribution to over 140 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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