Chattanooga company Variable Inc., which developed NODE, recently announced a partnership with hands-on educator Vernier Software & Technology, which will make the products available to students.
George Yu, CEO of Variable Inc., invented NODE, which is a wireless sensor that can measure everything from a person's temperature to dampness in a basement.
It uses a variety of sensing attachments to create data for attributes of the environment, including gases in the air, color, humidity and barometric pressure.
The new partnership will make NODE sensors available to students from elementary school through college, according to a news release.
Vernier will support NODE in its iPad-based software for science experiments.
"The importance of precise and innovative measuring devices is a core aspect of scientific education," Yu said in a prepared statement. "As an entrepreneur and engineer who was continually inspired by classroom experiments, it gives me great pride to work with Vernier in empowering students to go further in observing, measuring and questioning the world around them."
The open design of the software that powers NODE has created a variety of applications for the device in research and education, also according to the news release.
Through Vernier Software & Technology, students now have access to the same sensing technology used by the professionals worldwide.
"The addition of the NODE platform to our line of data-collection technology for science and STEM education brings exciting new potential for students around the world," David Vernier, co-founder of Vernier Software & Technology and former physics teacher, said in a prepared statement. "Educators using tablets and other mobile devices have the flexibility to use these wireless sensors with many of the experiments we have written to support science standards and to let students tap into their own creativity to explore science concepts."
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