The Jess & Mildred Fisher College of Science & Mathematics

Towson University Center for STEM Excellence

Baltimore Excellence in STEM Teaching (BEST) Project

2011–2012 BEST Project Classroom Implementation Projects (CIP)

As a culminating project for their participation in BEST, teachers designed an instructional module that translates aspects of their summer research experience into meaningful, engaging lessons for their students. Lessons also incorporate pedagogical strategies explored during the school-year Learning Community including inquiry-based instruction, formative assessment strategies, and integrated STEM and STEM-ELA instruction. Links to example BEST Project CIPs are provided below. Please direct questions about the BEST Project and/or these resources to Julie Damico at

The title of each Classroom Implementation Project is linked to a module of related lesson plans (in acrobat PDF format) and, in some cases, supporting PowerPoint files.

Title of CIP
Teacher Intern Author Content Area
Grade Level
Introducing Inquiry in the Algebra Classroom Mathew Doty
Baltimore County Public Schools
Algebra I
From Neurons to the Brain
       Nervous System PPT
       Draw Two Neurons PPT
       Day 4 Lesson Plan PPT
       Summer Research PPT
Kim Bickerstaff
Baltimore County Public Schools
AP Biology
Is Your DNA Here to Stay?
       Oxidative Stress PPT
Leonora Lipinski
Baltimore County Public Schools
AP Biology
The Small But Mighty Mitochondria
       Summer Research PPT
Nicole Veltre-Luton
Baltimore City Public Schools
AP Biology – Honors
You Say PCR. I Say Piece of Cake.
       Translation Lesson PPT
       PCR Lesson PPT
       PCR & Gel Electrophoresis Video
       Gel Electrophoresis PPT
Jonathan Rosenblum
Baltimore City Public Schools
There's a Biochemist in You Marcella Upshur-Dudley
Baltimore County Public Schools
Celebrate Cells Rebecca Turkin
Harford County Public Schools
Life Science
Filling in the Gaps James Beam
Baltimore County Public Schools
Mathematical Modeling
Putting the WHY in Physics Louise Mrozek
Baltimore County Public Schools
Exploring Tech Design Topics
       Concurrent Engineering PPT
       Fluid Technology PPT
       Optical Technology PPT
       Technology Transfer PPT
       Tech Transfer Vocab PPT
John Bachman
Harford County Public Schools
Technology Education or Advanced Technical Education 9th-12th




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