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Advancing Secondary Science Education through Tetrahymena (ASSET)

ASSET provides education materials that stimulate hands-on, inquiry-based learning of biology. Each lab module features living Tetrahymena, a single-celled protozoan that’s safe and easy to grow and work with. Students cultivate samples of this organism in lab exercises to learn about topics such as chemotaxis, microevolution, organelle growth and regeneration , and effects of vaping. Downloadable teacher guides and student activity sheets are also available.

Grades: Elementary through high school
Produced by: Cornell University (SEPA funded)

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Biomedical Beat Educator's Corner: Genetics Miniseries

This Biomedical Beat miniseries explores the field of genetics—from how people inherit genes to how researchers study them. Students learn about different parts of genetics by reading the blog posts and discussing, applying, and quizzing what they learn through the activities outlined in the Educator’s Corner.

Grades: High school
Produced by: National Institute of General Medical Sciences

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Biomedical Beat Educator's Corner: Immunology Miniseries

This Biomedical Beat miniseries explores the immune system, which protects the body from microbes that could cause infection. Students learn about different areas of immunology by reading the blog posts and discussing, applying, and quizzing what they learn through the activities outlined in the Educator’s Corner.

Grades: High school
Produced by: National Institute of General Medical Sciences

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Biomedical Engineering Adapted for Middle Schoolers (BEAMS) Lesson Plans

These lesson plans for middle school provide students with hands-on activities that focus on biomedical engineering approaches to address health care problems. Lesson topics include nanoparticles for drug delivery, DNA and gene editing, surgical robots, and biomaterials.

Grades: 6-8
Produced by: National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering

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Cell Size and Scale

This interactive from Learn.Genetics helps put the size of many biological structures in context. Students can zoom in from the scale of a coffee bean all the way down to a carbon atom. Along the way, they also see bacteria, a range of human cells, a chromosome, a flu virus, and more.

Grades: Middle and high school
Produced by: Genetic Science Learning Center, University of Utah (SEPA funded)

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Dr. Allevable’s Lab

This mobile app for iOS and Android devices provides games that explore topics related to regenerative medicine. Students become super scientists who learn about topics such as stem cells, growth factors, and regenerative medicine technologies.

Students can also check out Dr. Allevable's laboratory and meet her friend Regenerobot in animated videos.

Grades: 5-9
Produced by: The Partnership in Education, Duquesne University (SEPA funded)

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Our Cells, Our Selves

Travel along on a richly animated, dreamy bedtime story and explore the wonders of the immune system through the eyes of a 7-year-old who has just been diagnosed with type 1 juvenile diabetes. See other immune system curriculum from The Partnership in Education.

Grades: 5-8
Produced by: The Partnership in Education, Duquesne University (SEPA funded)​​

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Pathways: Imaging

The imaging unit of Pathways highlights imaging tools that scientists use to peer into the microscopic world of cells and molecules. It helps students uncover how these techniques can aid researchers in learning about the body’s normal and abnormal processes and lead to more effective, targeted treatments for illness. Pathways provides a collection of free educational resources about basic biomedical science and research careers. Be sure to check out the corresponding interactive activity and Kahoot! quiz.

Grades: Middle and high school
Produced by: National Institute of General Medical Sciences and Scholastic, Inc.

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Pathways: Regeneration

The regeneration unit of Pathways int​roduces students to the amazing world of regeneration research, ways it can improve people’s health, and the inspiring scientists who work in this fascinating field. Pathways provides a collection of free educational resources about basic biomedical science and research careers. Be sure to check out the corresponding Kahoot! quiz​.

Grades: Middle and high school
Produced by: National Institute of General Medical Sciences and Scholastic, Inc.

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Protein Data Bank (PDB)-101 Origami Paper Models

With this resource, students can create origami models of viruses, DNA, and more. Download and print templates with instructions for cutting and assembling are provided. Many models—such as antibody, DNA (instructions also available in Spanish), GFP, HIV capsid, insulin, and tRNA—include related videos and/or activities.

Grades: High school
Produced by: Research Collaboratory for Structural Bioinformatics (RCSB) (NIH funded)