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BioEd Online: Biology Teacher Resources

Baylor College of Medicine has resources for K-8 and high school biology teachers, including lesson plans, news stories, and classroom activities.



Brain: The Inside Story

Although the "Brain: The Inside Story" exhibit is no longer on the floor at the American Museum of Natural History, the exhibit web site is still up and working.  Teachers will find printouts and classroom activities for elementary, middle, and high school students on the web site. Students can click on "Brain OLogy" for interactive games and demonstrations and videos answering some common questions about the brain.



The Brain From Top to Bottom

This site, from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research’s Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction sponsors, offers in-depth information to students of all levels about such brain-related issues as the senses, memory, pleasure and pain, and mental disorders.



The ChemCollective

The ChemCollective offers teachers and students free virtual lab materials, tutorials, scenarios, and simulations to use in class, along with an opportunity for teachers to share materials with one another. The National Science Digital Library and the National Science Foundation sponsor the site.


DNA Interactive

This Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory site offers interactive features, guides, and lessons for educators teaching about DNA.



Education Center: National Snow and Ice Data Center

The National Snow and Ice Data Center site provides numerous resources on snow, ice, glaciers, and the Arctic and Antarctic. Online map tools, movies, and "then and now" photos of glaciers supplement textual content.



Early Childhood Learning & Knowledge Center

An exploration of science related stories for students and teachers who want to explore ways to use science in their own home.



eFGI: Dreaming Up the Future

This site of the American Society for Engineering Education provides free materials for teachers and students that introduce those in grades K-12 to careers in engineering.



Environmental Health Science Education

Students and teachers can find lesson plans, guides, and other resources about environmental science.



Explore! Fun with Science

Planets, comets, suns, and stars! These space-related explanations, activities, and resources are brought to you by the Lunar and Planetary Institute.



Genes to Cognition Online

Genes to Cognition Online is a website by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. The site focuses on cognitive disorders, cognitive process and research approaches through interactive maps and images.



InformED: Science Fair Projects for Teachers, Students and Parents

Need help starting and planning a science project? This website takes you through the steps to create a science fair project and provides tips on the presentation and display of your creation.



The Franklin Institute Online

The Franklin Institute Online offers a number of interesting online exhibits for students and educators.



Genetic Science Learning Center

Learn about Genetic Technology, explore the virtual labs of DNA Extractions and DNA Microarrays, and discover ecologies and basics of DNA and genes. The site is run by the Genetic Science Learning Center at the University of Utah.



High School Bioethics

The High School Bioethics Project at NYU School of Medicine. See also resources from Georgetown University. See more resources from Georgetown University.



The Human Genome Project

The Human Genome Project, part of the National Human Genome Research Institute, offers a free, online, multimedia kit for high school students interested in human genetics. The kit explores such topics as the history of genetic discovery, the future of research and medicine, and the ethical, legal, and social implications of genetic knowledge.



It's Mindboggling Booklet

A fun booklet about the brain and brain research from the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives. (PDF)



Jefferson Lab Teacher Resources

The Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility offers reference materials, puzzles, hands-on activities, worksheets, and games related to physics, mathematics, and chemistry.



Journey North: A Global Study of Wildlife Migration

Get involved in migration observation! Share field data, enjoy maps, pictures, lesson plans, and activities, and explore the seasonal behavior of an impressive number of species.



More Mindbogglers! Booklet

Ready for more activities and facts about the brain? Check out the latest booklet from the Dana Alliance. (PDF)



Museum of Science

Visit the Boston Museum of Science's website and view its range of fascinating online exhibits and resources for students and educators.



NASA Quest

Free online tools and lessons for educators, provided by NASA




Science programs offered by the Nature Publishing Group for kids in various grade levels.



Neuroscience & the Classroom

This site for teachers that helps explain information about the brain to students. Through lesson plans, videos and course guides, teachers can better relate science to their students.



Newton's Apple

With or without the television shows provided, teachers can use this site for biology and science topics, including health, medicine, food, and technology.



NIDA for Teens

Developed by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), with input from teenagers, this site delivers science-based facts about how drugs affect the brain and body so that kids will be armed with better information to make healthy decisions.



NIDCD Site for Kids and Teachers

How loud is too loud? Here, you'll learn about decibels.



NIH Office of Science Education

The National Institutes of Health offer science and health-related curriculum supplements and educational resources for all grade levels.



NOAA Fun for Kids

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration offers an impressive variety of weather- and ocean-related lesson plans and games.



NOAA, Ocean Explorer

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration offers ocean-related lesson plans, online expedition modules, video presentations, and more.



Nova Teachers

NOVA provides teacher's guides—including a substantial number of classroom and online interactive activities—that can be either used on their own or in conjunction with the television programs that inspired them.



PBS Learning Media: The Human Brain

Look into “the fundamentals of matter and force” with interactive, illustrated activities from the Particle Data Group of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Also includes Lesson Building and Quiz Maker module.



The Particle Adventure

Look into “the fundamentals of matter and force” with interactive, illustrated activities from the Particle Data Group of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.



Pathways to Science

Pathways to Science, a web portal created by the New York Academy of Sciences' K-12 Science Education Initiative, is a virtual home for New York City science teachers to link to the digital resources of the Academy, and the science world beyond. Pathways to Science contains blogs, an active discussion board, links to resources, and direct access to Academy content.



Scientific American

This is an education site for fun Science article, activities and interactive resources for adults and kids ages 6-12.



Science Explorer

Get messy, get airborne, get loud, and get shocked! Try these experiments.



Science Net Links

Lesson plans and science related tools for ages K-12.



Science Teaching and Learning Resources, Federal Resources for Educational Excellence

More than 1,000 teaching and learning resources from a variety of federal agencies are sorted by topic and presented here.



Stanford Solar Center

Activities related to the sun and solar science, geared to students in grades 4-12, are available here.



USGS Education

This United States Geological Survey site houses a variety of lesson plans, maps, brochures, and multimedia resources relating to earth science topics.



Virtual Cell Animation Collection

Advanced virtual cell animations—from protein transport to photosynthesis—are available at this North Dakota State University site.



The Zombie Autopsies

These original lessons build upon one another and have an accompanying plot line where the world is fighting a zombie apocalypse and the best and the brightest young people are being trained as medical students – with a specialty in neuroscience – with the hopes that they will be able to provide a cure to this terrible epidemic and save humanity. From PBS Newshour, and tied to the book, The Zombie Autopsies, by Steven Schlotzmann, MD, but can stand alone.




Lesson Plans > History



Beyond Discovery: The Path from Research to Human Benefit

Learn about the origins of many scientific discoveries. Here you see the application of science in our everyday life and how everyday life inspires science. This site is no longer actively updated, but is maintained by the Marian Koshland Science Museum of the National Academy of Sciences.



Changing the Face of Medicine

Want to learn about some incredible role models? Celebrate the lives and achievements of numerous female physicians who have made great strides in the practice of medicine. You can find bios for specific female physicians or browse through the entire group.



CyberMuseum of Neurosurgery

Take a class trip to the CyberMuseum of Neurosurgery! A walk through its cyber corridors includes the history of neuroscience and its leaders, essays and various readings in aneurysm and micro-neurosurgery, and stereotactic neurosurgery. Also, make sure to check out the featured exhibits in the middle of the museum map. The most recent featured exhibits include a history of neurosurgery in Colorado and photo journals of early, pioneer neuroscientists Dr. Harvey Cushing and Dr. Richard U. Light.



Greatest Engineering Achievements of the 20th Century

Explore 20 of the greatest engineering inventions in history here, the website of the National Academy of Engineering.



IEEE Global History Network

The IEEE Global History Network features articles written by members of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and professional historians. Subjects range from microwaves to the technologies of World War II. Make sure to check out the interactive timeline, and the innovation map, which displays the geographic locations of milestones in the history of electrical and electronic engineers.



The Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation

In the 1930s, Joseph B. Friedman created the first flexible straw after watching his daughter struggle to drink her milkshake with an inflexible, paper straw. Read this and other fascinating and quirky stories behind countless inventions. Explore inventors thoughts, drawings, and lives, and start working on your own inventions in the Spark!Lab.



Milestones in Neuroscience Research

In 4000 B.C., they discovered the euphoric effects of poppy plants. By the 5th & 6th centuries B.C., the sensory nerves were dissected, and Hippocrates and Plato first proposed that the brain was the center of human intelligence and mental processes. Follow this link to explore the history of neuroscience research.



NLM: Online Exhibitions and Digital Projects

Learn about public health efforts through the decades; discover important medical achievements from the ancient Greeks and early Muslims; and take a look at the other online exhibitions. Many exhibitions include online activities and lesson plan ideas.



Nobel Laureates Facts

Follow the link to learn more about the Nobel Award and the Nobel Laureates. Check out the Nobel Laureate profiles and their award-winning discoveries from each year.



People and Discoveries

An odyssey of discovery where you'll learn about 120 great scientists and their work in the fields of medicine and health, physics and astronomy, human behavior, technology, and the earth and life sciences.



Then and Now: In Search of Ourselves - Human Behavior:

A journey through the past century of human behavior; this link provides a timeline of the major discoverers in human behavior from 1900 to today.






Lesson Plans > News



Action BioScience

ActionBioscience.org is an educational website that provides articles by scientists, science educators, and science students on issues related to seven bioscience challenges such as the environment and biotechnology.




BrainFacts.org is a public information initiative of The Kavli Foundation, the Gatsby Charitable Foundation, and the Society for Neuroscience, which provides information about the brain and nervous system.




EurekAlert! is science reporting for kids, and includes games and kid-friendly science stories. EurekaAlerts! is operated by AAAS, the science society.



Natural Inquirer

Enjoy scientific articles from the USDA Forest Service, written for middle school students.



Neuroscience in the News - for Kids

Scientific news for kids.



The New York Times on the Web Learning Network

Teachers and parents can help students find out what's behind the titles in the news.



Science News for Kids

A weekly magazine for kids covering a range of science topics.



Science for Kids

Every week, Science for Kids adds an article about a study published in a recent edition of the journal, Science. The site, sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), also links to activities and other AAAS resources.


Student Science

A resource of the Society for Science and the Public.




Last Updated: 3/12/2015

Editor: Nicky Penttila

The listing of an organization's Web site does not imply endorsement by the Dana Foundation or the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives.