National Instruments Announces LabVIEW Education Edition

National Instruments (Nasdaq: NATI) introduced LabVIEW Education Edition, a high school-focused version of its industry-standard LabVIEW graphical programming software. The new edition is designed to help educators implement project-based, hands-on learning for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects. The software was developed in collaboration with the Tufts University Center for Engineering Education and Outreach (CEEO), a leader in integrating engineering into K-12 education. Working with Dr. Chris Rogers, Tufts CEEO director and professor of controls and mechatronics, National Instruments developed the software to help high-school teachers give their engineering students hands-on experience with the same graphical system design technology used by engineers and scientists throughout industry and academia.

“Engineering is a powerful motivator for learning math and science as it makes it possible for students to be innovative and creative while learning,” Dr. Rogers said. “Computers are at the core of almost every experiment, robot or data analysis, and the graphical nature of LabVIEW facilitates this creativity and innovation on the programming side, even for beginning students. I look forward to the day when the teachers are the skeptics and the students use their math, science and engineering toolbox to create their own experiments to convince the teacher.”

LabVIEW Education Edition helps teachers implement engaging, project-based learning as well as connect theory to real-world examples. The new version works seamlessly with key educational hardware platforms such as LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Education NXT, Vernier SensorDAQ and TETRIX(TM), a metal robot-building system by Pitsco, making it easy for teachers to integrate hands-on robotics, measurements and data acquisition into their curricula. The software’s graphical drag-and-drop paradigm helps students learn key programming concepts and develop analytical skills while gaining experience with technology used in the professional world. The new edition also features its own classroom-ready tools, including the Data Viewer, which graphically displays sensor data; a virtual oscilloscope; and other virtual instruments that give students hands-on experience with a variety of electrical and mechanical engineering techniques. Additionally, LabVIEW Education Edition includes a supporting curriculum and classroom activities directly available from National Instruments, Vernier Software and Technology and LEGO Education.

LabVIEW Education Edition joins a full line of National Instruments educational products that equip educators with hands-on learning technology. LabVIEW, which is at the core of the academic product portfolio, is widely used in leading educational programs including LEGO Education robotics, Project Lead the Way, The Infinity Project and FIRST Robotics. Through collaboration with these programs, National Instruments is inspiring and educating today’s students to become tomorrow’s engineers and scientists.

“National Instruments is inspiring the next generation of innovators that will tackle society’s critical challenges,” said Ray Almgren, vice president of academic marketing at National Instruments. “As a result of our collaboration with Tufts CEEO, LEGO Education, Vernier and others, LabVIEW Education Edition gives educators a learning platform to help their students explore robotic designs, measure phenomena and learn a variety of engineering concepts. By customizing LabVIEW features for classroom use, we believe that this new edition will inspire and engage students and help secure a bright future for STEM education.”

National Instruments in Academia
National Instruments is committed to enhancing engineering and science education worldwide by providing educators and students with powerful graphical system design software and modular hardware to connect the curriculum with the real world. Professors and students benefit from powerful, professional tools such as NI LabVIEW graphical development software, which helps students visualize and implement engineering concepts. The integration of LabVIEW in the classroom creates an effective, dynamic learning environment – from LEGO(®) MINDSTORMS(®) Education NXT in primary schools to research laboratories in universities.

About National Instruments
National Instruments (www.ni.com) is transforming the way engineers and scientists design, prototype and deploy systems for measurement, automation and embedded applications. NI empowers customers with off-the-shelf software such as NI LabVIEW and modular cost-effective hardware, and sells to a broad base of more than 30,000 different companies worldwide, with no one customer representing more than 3 percent of revenue and no one industry representing more than 15 percent of revenue. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, NI has more than 5,000 employees and direct operations in more than 40 countries. For the past 10 years, FORTUNE magazine has named NI one of the 100 best companies to work for in America. Readers can obtain investment information from the company’s investor relations department by calling (512) 683-5090, e-mailing nati@ni.com or visiting www.ni.com/nati.

About Tufts CEEO
The Center for Engineering Education and Outreach (CEEO) at Tufts University has been a leader in supporting efforts to integrate engineering into K-12 education for more than 10 years. Informed by educational research, the CEEO’s outreach programs and educational technology developments utilize the engineering design process to improve students’ excitement for learning in all subjects. The CEEO’s graduate students, staff and faculty analyze real classroom data, develop hands-on activity units and design effective educational tools all in an effort to ultimately achieve the goal of improving education through engineering.

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