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Please register here for access to view and download our collection of over 60 lessons. These detailed lessons include student handouts, teacher guides and PowerPoint presentations.

Note: When you register here, your email will ONLY be used to send you an end-of-the-year survey about the use of the lessons. All our lessons are developed with grant funding, and in order to provide these free resources for teachers, we must collect information about your use of, and satisfaction with, these lessons.

Below is a table that summarizes our lesson collections, along with one sample lesson from each collection. When you register, you will have access to all our lessons, including teacher guides, in pdf and word format.

Lesson Collection One Sample Lesson Sample Student Handouts (PDF only)
Neuroscience Nerve Cell Communication
Students read a brief description of nerve cell communication and apply this knowledge to a hands-on model that illustrates electrical conduction along the axon and neurotransmitter release and binding at the synapse.

Keywords: Neurobiology
Nerve Cell Communication Student Handout
Cancer Biology DNA Microarrays (Gene Chips) and Cancer
Explore the use of DNA Microarray (Gene Chips) technology to understand the role of genes involved in causing cancer. Learn how DNA microarrays can be used to diagnose and select appropriate treatments for cancer patients.

Keywords: Molecular Genetics, Cancer, Biotechnology
DNA Microarrays (Gene Chips) and Cancer Student Guide
Biology of Drug Abuse and Addiction Is Floratryp Addicting?
Conduct hands-on lab simulations to determine the effects of drugs on dopamine levels in the brain. Analyze the effect of drugs on rat behavior.

Keywords: Drugs Effects, Neurobiology
Is Floratryp Addicting? (Student Guide)
AIDS Vaccine Case Study AIDS Vaccine Case Study
This hands-on case study uses laboratory simulations to illustrate how an HIV vaccine is developed and then tested to be sure that it is safe and effective.

Keywords: Viruses, Immunology, Molecular Genetics, Biotechnology
AIDS Vaccine Case Study Student Guide
Family Secrets Family Secrets
A problem-based learning (PBL) curriculum module on genetic testing for Huntington's disease. Activities Include hands-on laboratory simulations and bioethical decision-making.

Keywords: Molecular Genetics, Genetics, Biotechnology, Bioethics
Family Secrets Student Guide
Environmental Health Asthma in the City
Do environmental factors cause asthma? To answer this question, students assume the roles of medical doctor, environmental biologist, epidemiologist and sociologist.

Keywords: Environmental Health, Anatomy/Physiology, Asthma
Asthma in the City Student Guide
Making the Tools of the Trade Making the Tools of the Trade
This booklet contains five lab activities that engage students in solving scientific problems faced by real-life researchers who were making a tool to sort cells. Students work through the design process, develop a medium to make the device, and learn why nanoparticles are used in constructing these tools. Each activity comes with teacher notes and student handouts, and uses simple supplies and equipment. Integrates physics and life sciences

Keywords: Biotechnology, Chemistry, Experimental Design, Nanotechnology
Making of the Tools of the Trade Student Guide
Kidney Crisis Diagnosing Diabetes
Students learn about Type I and Type II diabetes. They conduct a simulated glucose tolerance test to determine whether a patient has Type I or Type II diabetes.

Keywords: Anatomy/Physiology, Diabetes
Diagnosing Diabetes Student Guide
Cholera A Medical Mystery of Epidemic Proportions (Short Version)
What is causing an epidemic of diarrhea? Students conduct simulated tests to identify the disease causing pathogen and determine why people who have been vaccinated or had the disease do not have immunity. Students also determine how the new pathogen could have evolved.

Keywords: Anatomy/Physiology, Immmune System, Evolution
A Medical Mystery of Epidemic Proportions Student Guide
Stem Cells Stem Cell Biology (Short Version)
Students use active reading strategies to learn about adult and embryonic stem cells. They use simulated growth factors and stem cells to produce differentiated cells that could be used to treat diseases.

Keywords: Stem Cells, Cell Differentiation
Stem Cell Biology Student Guide
Nanoparticles: Benefits and Health Risks Nano Risks
Students explore the answers to three questions: Where could nanoparticles enter the body? Where could nanoparticles go once in the body? What does research say about potential health risks of nanotechnology

Keywords: Nanotechnology
Nano Risks Student Guide