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Classroom Examples by Discipline

These exercises were developed in CAST workshops from 2006-2008 by teachers in western Pennsylvania. They are available to download as .zip files. Once you have downloaded a project, use the unzip program to extract the individual files.

High School


Mendelian Genetics
Rebecca Day, Teacher, Frazier High School

Discovering the Science of Alcohol
Brian Strelick, Teacher, Waynesburg Central High School

Enzyme Action
Melissa Franks, Oakland Catholic High School

Kristy Lippert, Teacher, Highland High School

Evolution/Natural Selection
Karie Suhajda, Teacher, CAPA


Enzyme Reactions
Michael A. Benko III, Teacher, North Hills High School

Atomic Structure/Subatomic Particles
Matt Brandstetter, Teacher, Waynesburg Central High School

Calculating Formula Masses
Kathleen M. Kenny, Teacher, McKeesport Area High School

Energy, Heat and Hess
Christine Boring, Northgate Middle/Senior High School

Precision and Density
James McNally, Pine-Richland High School

Limiting Reagents
Xiaojing Zhang, Sto-Rox High School

Computer Science

Parallel Computing Concepts
James T. Schultz Sr., Penn Hills Senior High School

Earth Science

Weather Heat Absorption/Intensity
Tracey Runde, Teacher, Pine Richland High School


Fuel Prices
Brian Hoelzle, Teacher, Carrick High School

Hybrid vs. Convention Car Analysis
Kathryn Sitterle, Teacher, North Catholic High School

Environmental Science/Geology

Darcy's Law
Lawrence Thomas, Fox Chapel Area High School

General Science/Physical Science

Heat in Petroleum & Food/Calorimetry
Buck and Susan Batson, Teacher, North Hills High School

Newton's Second Law Calculations
Susan Marino, Teacher, Chartiers Valley High School

Motion, Specifically Projectile Motion
Todd Ollendyke, Teacher, Upper St. Clair High School


Body Mass Index
Abigail Plant, Sto-Rox High School


Derivative Application
Dennis Bonicky, Teacher, Chartiers Valley High School

Daniel Hack, Teacher, Penn Hills Senior High School

Linear Relationships
Eva Malecki, Teacher, Fairview/O'Hara/Kerr Elementary Schools

Surface Area and Volume
Marie Platts & Irene M. Runco, Teachers, Woodland Hills High School

Graphical Analysis
Sharon Ramsey & Richard Stevens, Teachers, Gateway High School

Significant Figures
Wayne Stanley, Teacher, Fox Chapel Area High School


Wave Nature of Light/Law of Malus
Benjamin T. Spicer, Teacher, Sewickley Academy Senior School

Wave Fundamentals
Mark A. Uhrinek, Teacher, Seneca Valley Senior High School

Simple Harmonic Motion
Donald Zier, Teacher, Chartiers Valley High School

Universal Gravitation/Planetary Motion
Tom Moul, Teacher, Fox Chapel Area High School

Relativity/Time Dilation
Mark Nemchick, Teacher, McKeesport Area High School

Sound Intensity vs. Distance
M. Perry and D. Tsambis, Teachers, Pine Richland High School


General Science

Galileo's Hypothesis
Kim Madura, Teacher, McGuffey High School

Life Science

Simple Machines and Work
Christina Lockard, Teacher, Pittsburgh Stevens


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