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Vernier Software & Technology Joins Change the Equation to Solve America's Innovation Problem
Sep 17, 2010 (12:09 PM EDT)


President Obama Launches Change the Equation at White House Event

BEAVERTON, Ore., Sept. 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Vernier Software & Technology announces that it has joined Change the Equation (CTEq), a CEO-led initiative to cultivate widespread literacy in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The White House, along with Change the Equation, is bringing together top companies like Vernier Software & Technology across multiple sectors, all of which are dedicated to preparing students for STEM-related careers as investment in their business, the economy and our democracy.

Change the Equation's CEO members will make it their mission to promote and advance STEM literacy in this nation. It is the first and only STEM education group that brings so many corporate leaders together in collaboration with the White House, State Houses nationwide, and the foundation community.  

"It has always been a passion of Vernier Software & Technology to give educators the best tools and resources to prepare and encourage students for potential careers in STEM. Being a part of this initiative solidifies our dedication to the nation's next generation of scientists, doctors, researchers and innovators," said David Vernier, co-founder of Vernier and a former physics teacher. "We have one chance to motivate students to take up science careers. It's imperative that companies, especially those that count on scientific innovation to prosper, support the advancement of STEM fields and help students become truly competitive in the world arena."

The goal of this initiative is to: improve STEM teaching at all levels; deepen student appreciation for STEM programs and increase their career enrollment in these fields; and create a committed nation that is dedicated to this STEM movement.  Many career fields need traditional STEM subjects, and this need for knowledge is increasing for jobs in fields such as healthcare, education, the maintenance and service industries, and in nearly every managerial position.

"'I can't do math' has become an iconic excuse in our society," said Linda Rosen, Chief Executive Officer of CTEq. "Many Americans have expressed it, but I don't believe it's an accurate reflection of who we are, or, more importantly, what we can do." Rosen continued, "If we don't encourage our children and students to get excited about math as well as science, technology and engineering, we are denying them the chance to reach their potential, and be prepared for a future filled with opportunity."

About Change the Equation

Change the Equation (CTEq) is a non-profit organization whose 100 member companies from across industry sectors are dedicated to promoting innovation and investment in STEM teaching and learning. CTEq aims to give STEM education a central place in the national lexicon of excellence and achievement, establishing a national movement to support, promote and implement excellent STEM education for every child.  

www.changetheequation.org

About Vernier Software & Technology

Vernier Software & Technology has been an innovator of data-collection technology for 29 years, and their products can be found in 130 countries.  Creating easy-to-use and affordable science interfaces, sensors, and software, their products are used in education from elementary school to college. Vernier helps teachers enhance their science curriculum, increase learning, and build students' critical thinking skills. For more information visit www.vernier.com.

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