(4) Hosting Collaborative Investigations on Websites


- Learn how to transform a traditional science investigation into a CSCS activity in which students analyze pooled data. Create a CSCS lesson from scratch.

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(4.1) Mechanics - Developing a CSCS website - Basics

  •  Video  Introduction [1:02]
    • Welcome and overview of this section
  •  Video  Creating your website  [2:56] 
    • Learn how to create a free website that can be used to host your CSCS activities and resources. For more help on creating a website review this page.
  •  Video  Changing the Look of Your Website [4:17]
    • Personalize the look of your website. Learn to tailor it to the subject matter or to your own tastes. This page will provide additional help.
  •  Video  Building Pages and Creating Links [12:15]
    • Adding content to your site. Learn how to build the structure of your website and how to link your webpages together as well as with external content. For more help, check out this page.
  •  Video  Pictures and Video [10:37]
    • Learn how to add media to your website to bring it to life. Pictures and video can make your website more inviting and engaging. Read this page for further information.
  •  Video  Google Documents [8:07]
    • Add Google documents to your website. Check out this page for more help.

  Reference  The following are text descriptions of the information provided in the videos.  After watching the videos, you may wish to review the information provided in text form.

Mechanics - Developing a CSCS website - Advanced
(4.3) Creating your own CSCS activity 

Demos: Transforming a traditional activity into a CSCS Investigation - From Start to Finish

 Topic Area  Description CSCS Resources & Assets
- feel free to review, use and/or mimic the resources and assets listed below

This paper and pencil activity promotes an understanding of the concepts of random assortment and allelic dominance and recessiveness. Students are asked to flip coins to determine what alleles a child will receive from his/her parents. The students record the genotype and phenotype for each trait and then draw the face of the child.

The CSCS-ified version modifies and personalizes this activity. Students are given a form with which they will discover and record whether they have a dominant or recessive phenotype for a series of facial traits.

The submitted information can then be pooled to discover trends that either support or refute expectations. The more students there are participating, the more significant the trends are.




Your task is to create a complete CSCS lesson.The subject matter can be any of you choosing, but must involve the collection and analysis of data (either quantitative or qualitative). Because you are submitting this lesson rather than teaching it, you will need to provide some sort of written explanation on how this lesson would proceed. A complete lesson will include all of the following:

  • An introduction of the activity and an overview of the concepts/phenomena being explored in the activity
  • Instruction on how to complete the activity
  • All necessary internet-based resources (websites, forms, spreadsheets, etc.) necessary to complete the activity
  • Provide some mock data for this activity and give a brief discussion of how you would analyze the collected data. Include in your product any charts that would help in analysis. What questions would you ask? What ideas would you focus on to make sure the students understood them in relation to the data they collected?
  • It would be more useful to you if you developed a CSCS activity by adapting a pencil-and-paper activity you already do in the classroom. If you cannot identify one of you own lessons, there are CSCS Activities that you may look at to get ideas. 
  •  Submit    - Use the form below to submit information about, and the link for, your activity.

CSCS Investigation Created