Modeling Beyond Mechanics: The Modeling Version of CASTLE. C apacitor A ided S ystem for T eaching & L earning E lectricity. Developed by Project Director: Melvin S. Steinberg, Smith College, Editor: Camille Wainwright Pacific University Authors Included :
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Melvin S. Steinberg,
12 high school teachers.
4 community college or university faculty.What is CASTLE? A Bit of History.
Hands on Activities
A Complete Package:
Intructional Materials for Students
Matching Teachers Manual with answer keys and additional resources.
Commonly available materials except for CAPACITORS.
Qualitative Conceptual Approach
Minimal use of numbers which intimidate novices
Emphasizes qualitative conceptual understanding over quantitative solutions.The Pro’s & Con’s of the Original CASTLE Program.
Each step is layed out in manual for the student to follow.
Commentaries allow students to read ahead and make “post”-dictions rather than predict and experience.
Model building, evaluation and revision is present, but not a primary focus.The Pro’s & Con’s of the Original CASTLE Program.
flow rate is represented by arrow with increasing numbers of tails to show increasing flow rates.
bulb rays or starbursts are used to represent bulbs brightness with increasing numbers of rays to show increasing brightness.The Story Line: Unit III (continued)
RED Highest above Normal
ORANGE Above Normal
GREEN Below Normal
BLUE Lowest below Normal.
Reduced paper work
In the Original CASTLE Manual this activity takes up almost three pages.How is the Modeling Version Different?