Anaheim Planning and Public Utilities win awards for programs offered citywide

June 30, 2014 by  
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The City of Anaheim received two 2014 Golden Hub of Innovation Awards, as announced last night by the Association of California Cities of Orange County (ACC-OC).

The Planning Department won the Public Engagement Award for its series of “Visualizing the Code” videos, currently airing This award recognizes new and innovative ways to engage the public. The bilingual video series functions as an educational tool to provide residents unlimited access to instructional videos designed to communicate common Zoning Code requirements as applicable to residential properties. The series provides on-demand, immediate access to information that meets the needs of customers seeking information regarding development process.

The Public Utilities Department won the Energy/Environmental Quality Award for its innovative partnerships with local schools in supporting energy and environmental sustainability through technical assistance, financial incentives, and student education. This award recognizes innovation in energy efficiency and reduced energy consumption, which promotes sustainable living or compliance with environmental regulations.

Public Utilities partners with public and private schools in Anaheim to conduct energy efficiency and water conservation activities which reduce the schools’ utility costs. In addition, students learn the importance of conservation and the science behind energy efficiency, solar energy and water conservation. As a result of the programs offered by Public Utilities, which include conservation rebates, free shade trees and solar energy systems, Anaheim schools are saving approximately $1.2 million per year in utility costs, and the reduced emissions equate to taking 916 vehicles off the road.

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Vernier Launches Curricular Materials and Technology to Help Educators Meet …

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BEAVERTON, Ore., June 30, 2014 /Nassau News Live/ — Vernier Software Technology has launched the Renewable Energy with Vernier lab book and the Vernier Energy Sensor to help students explore renewable energy concepts through engaging, hands-on investigations. The lab book, which was written and aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), contains 26 experiments that use the Vernier Energy Sensor, as well as KidWind Experiment Kits, which are exclusively manufactured and distributed by Vernier.

“Our new lab book and sensor, when used in conjunction with the KidWind wind and solar energy kits, provide educators a comprehensive way to teach students about renewable energy as recommended by NGSS,” said David Vernier, co-founder of Vernier and a former physics teacher. “Now, students can easily collect and analyze actual data and see firsthand the voltage, current, power, and energy produced from wind turbines and solar panels.”

Co-authored by experts from both Vernier and KidWind, the Renewable Energy with Vernier lab book contains a wide range of high school level experiments that address objectives in integrated sciences, physical science, physics, and environmental science. The experiments utilize the Vernier Energy Sensor and compatible Vernier software for collecting, displaying, printing, graphing, and analyzing data.

The lab book contains a combination of explorations, traditional experiments, inquiry investigations, engineering projects, and more. All of the experiments are designed to support students in three-dimensional learning with Disciplinary Core Ideas, Science and Engineering Practices, and Crosscutting Concepts identified for each experiment within the Instructor pages.

The Vernier Energy Sensor provides an easy way for students to quantify voltage, current, power, and energy output. To do so, the sensor connects to a source, such as a small wind turbine or solar panel, and a load, such as the Vernier Variable Load or a resistor on the Vernier Resistor Board. The Vernier Energy Sensor measures the current and voltage of the system. Data-collection and analysis software, such as Logger Pro 3 or LabQuest App, then calculates the power and energy output. 

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About Vernier Software Technology
Vernier Software Technology has been a leading innovator of scientific data-collection technology for 33 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 world-wide distribution to over 130 countries, Vernier products are used by educators and students from elementary school to college. Vernier’s 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). Vernier’s business culture is grounded in Earth-friendly policies and practices, and the company provides a family-friendly workplace. For more information, visit