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NIH Curriculum Supplements Teach Key Skills

Strong reasoning, communication, and analytical skills are key for every student’s success in today’s global job market. To cultivate those skills and, at the same time, explore the science behind current health topics, NIH has developed 16 curriculum supplements, or science lesson modules. The lessons include online, interactive activities that not only engage students but also encourage them to explore complex scientific concepts. This demo page shows a few of those activities.

Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Diseases

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Grades 9–12

Explore the biological factors associated with disease emergence and re-emergence, and consider the human activities that can increase or decrease the likelihood of outbreaks of infectious diseases.

Activity: Model the transmission of infectious diseases through a population.

Diseases Demo

Using Technology to Study Cellular and Molecular Biology

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Grades 9–12

Participate in activities that investigate how technology is used to deepen and broaden our knowledge of cellular and molecular biology.

Activity: Use a virtual microscope to discover the nature of an unknown disease.

Technology Demo

The Science of Energy Balance: Calorie Intake and Physical Activity

The Science of Energy Balance Supplement Cover

Grades 7–8

Explore the scientific principles of energy balance within the body (“energy in” versus “energy out”) and their impact on human health.

Activity: Conduct virtual experiments to analyze the effects of food and exercise on weight gain.

Energy Balance Demo

Open Wide and Trek Inside

Open Wide and Trek Inside! Supplement Cover

Grades 1–2

Go beyond traditional brushing and flossing curricula and discover the ways science has helped us understand how to take proper care of our mouths and why it matters.

Activity: Watch a video and play a matching game.

Open Wide Demo