Using the latest technology in science makes learning more exciting and successful. The introduction of Vernier LabQuest equipment at SCC started about two years ago with six handheld devices. Professors like Stacey Thater are able to “teach the way science is used in the field.” These portable machines utilize field-specific modules such as spectrographs, oxygen sensors and probes to instantly record data that can be saved to a flash drive, computer or shown to the class through a projector. “These devices allow much more time for learning, versus strictly collecting data,” Thater said. “Students now have the ability to see instant results and start to observe how they can be applied.” The SCC Foundation funded six additional devices this year, allowing more students than ever to move from class engagement to field application.