| FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, October 2, 2002
New NIDA Science Education Materials For Second and Third Graders Available Online
- Module 1: Ooey Gooey! Making Sense of Scientific Inquiry introducing students to the steps of scientific inquiry.
- Module 2: Brains in a Box: What Your Brain Can Do describing to students the functions of the four major parts of the brain.
- Module 3: Sending and Receiving Messages introducing students to how nerve cells communicate with each other.
- Module 4: Medicines and Drugs: What’s Helpful, What’s Harmful teaching students the differences between medicines and drugs.
- Module 5: The Science Behind Smoking discussing nicotine, how it changes the brain, and how those changes may result in addiction to tobacco products.
- Module 6: What Drugs Really Do serving as a culminating activity and learning assessment for the entire program.
Brain Power! is based on the National Science Education Standards, which encourage scientific exploration, development of hypotheses, and interactive work and presentation. NIDA is also in the process of developing materials for children in kindergarten and the first grade, as well as those in the fourth and fifth grades.
Brain Power! is available online from the NIDA web site, www.drugabuse.gov. Limited hard copies are available free of charge for second and third grade teachers. Publication # BPPACK can be ordered from the National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information, P.O. Box 2345, Rockville, MD 20847-2345, or call (800) 729-6686.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse is a component of the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NIDA supports more than 85 percent of the world's research on the health aspects of drug abuse and addiction. The Institute carries out a large variety of programs to ensure the rapid dissemination of research information and its implementation in policy and practice. Fact sheets on the health effects of drugs of abuse and information on NIDA research and other activities can be found on the NIDA home page at http://www.drugabuse.gov.
Attachment: Other NIDA Educational Materials about Drug Abuse and Addiction for Teachers, Students