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National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science
Osmosis is Serious Business!
This case study examines different aspects of osmosis in living cells. Both plant and human cells are examined, specifically the hypertonic environment's influence on the different types of cells. The lesson could be...
On a Clear Day You Can See Forever
This case study examines the issue of air pollution. Students will examine the air quality problems that exist in both urban and rural areas. The questions of: What are the causes of haze and smog? and: What are the...
PCBs in the Last Frontier: A Case Study on the Scientific Method
This case study asks students to examine how PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls) are transferred globally. The lesson will provide students a review of the scientific method, and encourage them to design experiments that...
Search for the Missing Sea Otters: An Ecological Detective Story
This case study helps students in understanding how to apply ecological principles to a real-life environmental problem. Data having to do with the decline in sea otter population in Alaska will be used to practice...
The Case of Eric, Lou Gehrig's Disease, and Stem Cell Research
This case study examines Lou Gehrig's Disease (or ALS). The example of an individual diagnosed with the disease is used to help students understand stem cell research and how stem cell therapy could be used to treat...
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