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The Beaverton-based tech company is also partnering with OMSI to support low-income schools in the Portland area.

COURTESY: VERNIER - Through Vernier's grant program, 40 STEM educators will be selected to receive $1,000 worth of Vernier technology of their choosing as well as an annual license for a Vernier Graphical Analysis Pro subscription.

A Beaverton tech company is offering $40,000 in grants to educators across the nation.

Vernier Software & Technology, an education technology company, is also partnering with the Oregon Museum of Science & Industry to support 40 Portland-area schools in STEM education as part of the company's 40-year anniversary celebration, said spokesperson Christine Lynch.

Vernier is also offering a free e-book on innovative, hands-on science learning in classrooms, Lynch said.

The celebration is meant to be a thank-you to educators, as well as the STEM community, in Oregon.

"Throughout our last 40 years, the Beaverton and greater Portland communities have been such an integral part of our identity — this is where our amazing team comes together to create our innovative solutions to support STEM educators worldwide. And without STEM educators changing the way students learn science by using Vernier products, we would not be where we are today," said John Wheeler, Vernier's chief executive officer, in a statement. "Now, in celebration of this milestone anniversary, we wanted to say 'thank you' to educators and our community as we continue to work to support innovative and equitable STEM education for all.

Vernier and OMSI intend on supporting STEM learning in low-income schools in the Portland region by delivering in-person and virtual science programming in an effort to break down geographical barriers.

"Vernier is a longtime partner in the promotion of science education, and we are delighted that they have selected OMSI to help provide essential and equitable STEM learning opportunities to students throughout the Portland area who need it most," said Erin Graham, president and CEO of OMSI. "Vernier Software & Technology's commitment to encouraging innovative thinking and scientific curiosity have been hallmarks of the company throughout its 40-year history, and we are thrilled to collaborate with them on this vital community initiative."

Through Vernier's grant program, 40 STEM educators will be selected to receive $1,000 worth of Vernier technology of their choosing, as well as an annual license for a Vernier Graphical Analysis Pro subscription.

Vernier will provide free training for teachers as well.

"You don't give technology to educators unless you teach them how to use it properly in the classroom," said Olga Vargas, chief marketing officer for Vernier. "So we are giving them virtual professional development so that they can use this in accordance with what they want it to accomplish."

Vargas said the goal is to provide technology unique to each specific educator's needs — "things that allow kids to understand what is happening around them in their environment and design their own experiments, and then use these tools to measure and to get data so that they can come to conclusions," she added.

Applications for the grant program are due Friday, Nov. 5. When applying, educators must complete a form detailing how they would use the $1,000 worth of Vernier technology in the classroom. Visit Vernier.com to apply.


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