Worksheet

Students in an introductory Sanskrit course practice their grammar and dictionary skills by reading and listening to a dramatic performance of the famous epic poem, the Bhagavad-Gita. Students prepared their own translations of passages in this well-known text.

Plague Inc. Immunology Lab

Overview: Students appreciate how different characteristics of diseases affect their transmission through playing the game Plague Inc.

Habitable Zones Near and Far

In this assignment students will be required to investigate properties of habitable zones throughout a galaxy. Using their knowledge, they will uncover how planets relate to their central star.

Atomic Structure Interactive Activity

Introduction/Background: Matthew Chenoweth created an interactive activity for students to understand the concepts of atomic structure in a more comprehensive manner.

iPython Notebook Lecture

Students used an ipython notebook to teach students about Neural Networks, Support Vector Machines, and Agglomerative Hierarchical Clustering.

With the knowledge of the motion of the sun, the ability to find solar declination online, and how time can be used to find longitude from previous lectures in class, students must make a device to measure the altitude of the sun using a straw, protractor, and string weighted down to make horizontal.

This activity was made by John Huth for his Primitive Navigation class, so his students will have practical experience working with primitive navigation tools through this experiment. This activity will help students understand navigational stars.

Using their knowledge of the use of a compass, triangulation, and uncertainties, students set off to walk to the bridge at the end of JFK Street in Harvard.

Primitive Navigation - Small Angle Approximation

This is an in-section activity created by John Huth for his Primitive Navigation course where students walk small distances and use their analysis to learn small angle approximation, statistics, and prepares them for future assignments.

Science and Cooking Labs

Pia Sörensen details how the Science of Cooking class conducts lab assignments through actual cooking experiences. For this example, she navigates through the Molten Chocolate Cake Lab/Heat Lab, but also attached three other examples for more resources. This experiment is supposed to help students understand the concepts of science and cooking in a practical setting by actually cooking or baking with the scientific tools and knowledge acquired through class.

Wave Dispersion and Mathematica

Elizabeth Petrik, a graduate teaching fellow for Physics 15c, created this Mathematica activity to help students build physical and quantitative intuition about wave dispersion. The usage of Mathematica in this activity allows for students to not only solidify the concepts they learned in class, but also create a working program that helps them understand wave dispersion in another medium.

Cells vs. Buildings

Created by Kostia Bergman, Erin Cram, Wendy Smith, Scott Dobrin, Presque Isle, and Judith Roe, this lesson for an intermediate Cell Biology course encourages students to take a big-picture view of the cell by comparing cells to buildings in order to think about the dynamic processes within cells. The lesson utilizes a jigsaw and quick write.

Understanding the mechanisms of evolution: random genetic drift

Created by Ned Dochtermann, Erin Gillam, Timothy Greives, Kristina Holder, Steve Travers, and Jennifer Weghorst, this lesson focuses on the evolutionary mechanism of random genetic drift.  Students explore how population size affects allele frequencies by engaging in a group activity that involves generating and plotting data, interpreting graphs, and formulating hypotheses.

Shakespeare on Acid: To ionize or not to ionize?

This lesson, created by Graciela Unguez, Erika Abel, Vanessa Castleberry, Rizalia Klausmeyer, Aaron Snead, Martina Rosenberg, William S. Garver, and Marcy Osgood for the National Academies Summer Institute for Undergraduate Education in Biology uses clickers, pair and share, and other exercises to help students "understand the effect of environmental pH on the ionization status of weak acids and weak bases."