Vernier Software & Technology Partners with Leeds United to Help Connect Sports to STEM Education
Vernier Software & Technology has partnered with the Leeds United Football Club to help increase student interest and engagement in STEM education through sports. Through this partnership, the two world-recognized organizations will work collaboratively to provide hands-on, STEM-focused educational opportunities and resources to students and local communities, as well as introduce students to careers in STEM fields. Vernier will be showcasing its award-winning science technology, as well as giving away a signed Leeds United football jersey, at Bett 2020 in London on January 22–25, 2020 in stand SB40.
“Sports are a common denominator among so many people and provide a great way to help students connect their personal experiences and interests with STEM studies in physiology, physics, and engineering,” said John Wheeler, CEO of Vernier Software & Technology. “We are proud to partner on this exciting initiative with such a well-respected football organization that shares our commitment to education and community engagement. Together we will bridge STEM and sports and engage more students in STEM education.”
Leeds United, located in Leeds, West Yorkshire in England, was established in 1919 and currently plays in the EFL Championship league. Its foundation, which has a rich history of providing ongoing development opportunities, aims to use the power of sport to educate, motivate, inspire, and support people throughout the local Leeds community.
“The need for the adoption of STEM subjects in secondary education continues to grow. Without engineering and science graduates, industry in our country cannot thrive,” said Spencer Taylor, Director of Education at Leeds United FC. “There have been many initiatives developed by governments to attempt to engage more students in these very important subjects. With Vernier, we can now bring this technology to the schools and bring the sports science from the training pitch to the classroom.”
About Vernier Software & Technology
Vernier Software & Technology has led the innovation of scientific data-collection technology for 39 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 http://www.vernier.com.