Lesson Plans

ONE-DA, Online Neuroscience Education about Drug Addiction

Created by : 
University of Washington's School of Nursing, Biology Department and Educational Outreach, and the Puget Sound Educational Service District, Washington State

A college-level high school course that uses drug abuse and addiction as a context to address core biology concepts that are aligned with national and Washington state science education standards. Students explore how psychoactive drugs affect the brain from the molecular and behavioral perspectives.

What’s In the Lesson Plan: 

  • Course Description
  • Course Syllabus
  • Interactive game

Grade Level(s): 


Student Skills Targeted: 

  • Analysis and problem solving skills
  • Knowledge of core college-level biology concepts taught within the context of the neurobiology of addiction
  • Knowledge of the behavioral impact of drugs of abuse

Time / Duration: 

  • 1 Full Semester


  • Computer with Internet access per 1 or 2 students
  • Printer/Copier for handouts

Alignment with National Standards: 

  • National Science Education Standards
  • Next Generation Science Standards


  • English