Lesson Plans

Mouse Party

Created by : 
The University of Utah Genetic Science Learning Center

Teens learn how different kinds of drugs change the natural state of a mouse’s brain. Alcohol, cocaine, ecstasy, heroin, LSD, marijuana, and methamphetamine change the communication pathways between neurons and affect neurotransmission.

What’s In the Lesson Plan: 

  • Interactive game

Grade Level(s): 


Student Skills Targeted: 

  • Knowledge of how drugs alter the brain
  • Neurobiology of drug abuse
  • Knowledge of the health consequences of drug abuse

Time / Duration: 

  • 1 class period


  • Computer with Internet access per 1-3 students
  • Requires latest Adobe Flash® Player plug-in

Alignment with National Standards: 

  • National Science Education Standards


  • English