Wautoma School Board approves Borud’s innovative grant request

The Wautoma Area School Board approved Wautoma High School Physics Teacher Timothy Borud’s innovative grant request to purchase Vernier LabQuest 2 software and technology to assist for data collection and analysis during the regular meeting Feb. 9 at Riverview Elementary.

Borud presented his proposal explaining in the past 12 years there have been seven different physics teachers. He stated he believed the physics class has been neglected and hopes the purchase of five Vernier LabQuest 2 data-collection sensors will engage students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education.

The Vernier Software and Technology website explains each sensor can collect real-time data and allow students to create graphs for analysis. 

According to Vernier.com, students are able to create their own experiments, set up parameters for data collection, and receive real-time data presented as a graph, a meter, or a table.

While highlighting the projects the sensors are able to achieve, Borud described recent studies done by students at other schools using the technology, including a weather balloon study to find pressure, temperature, and radiation data.