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Resources for Educators
Explore a tiny universe. The Microscope Imaging Station at the Exploratorium in San Francisco lets visitors take control of powerful microscopes. Take an up-close look at stem cells, sea urchins, and immune cells bent on destruction. The station is funded in part by an NIH Science Education Partnership Award.
Free resources for science teachers. NIH’s Office of Science Education coordinates science education activities at NIH and helps to develop programs that serve elementary, secondary, and college students and teachers, as well as the public.
The National Eye Institute (NEI) is happy to share information and resources to help you teach children about the importance of taking care of their eyes. The activities on this website are based on VISION: A School Program for Grades 4-8, a curriculum developed by the NEI in cooperation with the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology.
The curricula and toolkits on this page are designed to help you run and evaluate your We Can!® program. In addition, you will find resources to enhance your programming, report your activities to We Can! staff, and work with ethnically diverse populations, including African Americans, Latino/Hispanic Americans, Alaskan Natives, American Indians, Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Other Pacific Islanders.
Media-Smart Youth: Eat, Think, and Be Active! is an interactive after-school education program for young people ages 11 to 13. It is designed to help teach them about the complex media world around them, and how it can affect their health--especially in the areas of nutrition and physical activity.
Classroom Activities from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders—News, games, videos, and education campaigns.
A Curriculum Supplement from the the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, goes beyond the traditional “brushing and flossing” curriculum, this module focuses on the science of the oral environment, and major scientific concepts relating to oral health.
The DETS Health Is Life in Balance curriculum has been designed to increase American Indian and Alaska Native students understanding of health, diabetes, and maintaining life in balance; to increase their understanding and application of scientific and community knowledge; and to increase interest in science and health professions among American Indian and Alaska Native youth.
Free interactive games, posters for the classroom, and other science education tools are available online for students and teachers. Order full sets of some publications using the Educator Order Form. These fun and informative materials are produced by NIH’s National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS).
Teachers: Get easy access to an array of classroom activities and curricula. Students: Discover the links between human health and the environment. Scientists: Need to give a presentation to your child's class? Get some ideas and reliable materials from NIH’s National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.
Website provides the latest lessons and worksheet printables, as well as all previous lessons and printables in the Heads Up series. From The National Institute on Drug Abuse in conjunction with Scholastic.
Find free materials geared to K-12 students, plus parents and teachers. Teachers can access colorful curriculum materials, as well as fun and educational games, quizzes, and other activities from NIH’s National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).
The National Institute of Mental Health provides curricula on the science of mental illness, brain basics, and its inner workings.
On this site, you'll find educational resources related to brain health and function for parents, students, and teachers. These and additional educational materials can be ordered online in bulk for use in classrooms.
This website includes health and educational resources for students, parents, and teachers. From NIH’s National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering.
Learn about genetics by looking at the heritability of magical talents in Harry Potter, discover DNA’s use in forensic science, and more! The homepage for the Exhibition Program at the National Library of Medicine (NLM) offers K-12 lesson plans developed by classroom educators and other learning resources on a variety of topics in the history of biomedical science. These complement onsite and online exhibitions presented by the NLM.
Lesson plans, genetic educational materials, printable activity sheets, and other teaching resources for educators seeking to increase genetic and genomic literacy.
From science museums to K-12 classrooms, NIH’s SEPA Program supports exciting and innovative educational programs that boost understanding of health and science research among students and the general public. Sponsored by NIH’s National Center for Research Resources, SEPA projects are created through partnerships among researchers, educators, and community groups.
NIH’s National Institute on Drug Abuse funds innovative science education projects to teach varied audiences about neuroscience and the biology of drug abuse. Projects include interactive web games and materials to enhance middle school curricula. SEDAPA projects reflect partnerships between educators, researchers, and community groups.
From the NIH Director
Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D., offers a message to high school graduates.
This video was requested by a motivated graduating senior at a high school in Ontario, but it speaks to students everywhere. May 19, 2011.