Offers an interactive science education program for students in grades 6–9 about the brain and the effects of drugs on the body. Includes six modules, resources for students, parent guides, and online activities.
Module 1: An Introduction to the Brain and Nervous System
This introductory module provides the foundation for all the modules in the program. It is designed to educate students about the brain and nervous system.
- Module 1 (PDF, 796KB)
Module 2: Legal Doesn't Mean Harmless
In Module 2, students will learn about two widely abused drugs, nicotine and alcohol, that are legal for adults. These drugs, though legal, can have a strong impact on the brain's functioning.
- Module 2 (PDF, 764KB)
Module 3: Drugs in the Cupboard
Information presented in this module educates students about the abuse of prescription drugs and some household products called inhalants. Abuse of prescription drugs and inhalants can damage the brain and cause serious side effects, even death.
- Module 3 (PDF, 600KB)
Module 4: Weeding Out the Grass
Module 4 presents information about the most commonly abused illegal drug in the United States, marijuana. A goal of this module is to use science to dispel the myth that this drug is harmless.
- Module 4 (PDF, 640KB)
Module 5: Drugs on the Street
This module discusses two illegal drugs: heroin and cocaine. These illegal drugs are abused throughout the country, in all kinds of communities. Both have a huge impact on the health of the brain and body.
- Module 5 (PDF, 520KB)
Module 6: Drugs in the News
Module 6 presents information about drugs that are commonly discussed in the media. The drugs covered here are steroids, methamphetamine (meth), and so-called "club drugs": GHB, Rohypnol, ketamine, and MDMA.
- Module 6 (PDF, 454KB)
Brain Power Challenge Score Card and Worksheets
The program involves a series of Challenge activities, one presented per module. Students will form Brain Power! Challenge groups and remain in those groups for these challenges throughout the program.
Activities can be used as an enriching, learning tool to reinforce information covered in the lesson. We recommend that these activities be used after the lesson is completed, either immediately after or as time allows in the classroom schedule.