1. This is a K-12 animated science case study. In this case students will be asked to analyze the costs and benefits of tap and bottled water. Bottled water consumption has risen 70% worldwide in the past decade . Proponents of bottled water claim that it is cleaner, more convenient and tastes better than tap water. They point out that tap water may have safety concerns, such as cryptosporidium contamination. Critics of bottled water argue that 40-60% of bottled water comes from municipal sources and that the energy cost associated with the production of bottled water is wasteful.

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  2. This is a K-12 animated science case study. In this case students are asked to analyze hybrid and all-electric cars and compare them to traditional internal combustion gasoline ones. As fossil fuels become more expensive and concerns about pollution and global warming increase, hybrid and all-electric cars are gaining traction as alternative methods of providing individual transport. All major vehicle manufacturers offer some type of hybrid vehicle. Students or their families may own a hybrid or they may have seen them on the road in their travels. All-electric vehicles have not been as commercially successful. High-end makers like Tesla Motors and Fisker offer fully electric vehicles that are so expensive they are not viable for the mass market.

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  3. This is a K-12 animated science case study. In this case, students will be asked to analyze wind turbines as an alternative source of electricity. Wind turbines are being installed on land and off shore at an increasing pace. The world's installed base of wind power has increased to 238,000MW in 2011, an increase of almost 21% over the prior year. China and the U.S. lead the countries with the highest installed capacity. Wind power is attracting new investments, resulting in installations ranging from single turbines to multi-turbine on-shore and offshore wind farms. Although wind power has been touted as a "free" source of energy, it does cost money to build and maintain turbines, especially turbines that are located offshore. The wind is an unpredictable fossil fuel and backup is required to ensure people can have electricity when they need it. Complaints about low frequency vibration and shadows have been attributed to wind turbines. Bird kills, especially endangered raptors, are an undesirable byproduct of wind power.

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  4. This is a K-12 animated science case study. The case presented asks students to help a young Chinese woman decide whether spontaneous pregnancy or in vitro fertilization is the best choice for having a baby boy during the Year of the Dragon. Given the increasing use of in vitro fertilization and other assisted reproductive techniques and their popularization (television shows like Kate plus 8 and the infamous “octomom”), there is an increasing focus on the medical, ethical, and scientific issues surrounding IVF. These issues are used in this case to increase the students understanding of the legal and ethical considerations of IVF, the biology and technology of pregnancy, ovulation, and in vitro fertilization techniques, the success percentages of pregnancy and delivery (including interpretation of percentages, quantities, ratios, graph and charts, and mathematical modeling), and side effects for the mother/baby (including an exploration of the “relative risk” measure). Given the context of the Chinese woman living in China, the case concurrently explores the family planning policy and the Chinese cultural preference for a boy.

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StageLearn is a rich media ecosystem, using animation videos, to introduce case studies to high school students in order to help them master Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) courses.

StageLearn differs from traditional case studies


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StageLearn is a rich media ecosystem, using animation videos, to introduce case studies to high school students in order to help them master Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) courses.

StageLearn differs from traditional case studies websites in that its cases:

1. Are 2D digital and 3D animation videos (interactive and non interactive)
2. Incorporate the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and the common core
3. Have to do with hot topics in science and engineering that have the potential to change the societal norms or dramatically impact people's health
4. By having a social component stimulate girls' interest in seeking a STEM degree attainment
5. Promote the female entrepreneur
6. Focus on global issues which increases the American students' understanding of other cultures
7. Deal with countries that are of particular interest in the demographic groups that do the poorest in the average U.S. classroom

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