Lesson Plans

Science of Addiction: Genetics & the Brain

Created by : 
The University of Utah Genetic Science Learning Center

Multiple interactive games give teens the opportunity to explore how the brain works, the effects of drugs on the brain, the role of genetic susceptibility in addiction, and more.

What’s In the Lesson Plan: 

  • 8 interactive games
  • Printable Teacher's Guide and Student Worksheets

Grade Level(s): 

6789101112

Student Skills Targeted: 

  • Understanding of the role of genetics in drug abuse and addiction
  • Neurobiology of drug abuse and the effects of drugs on the brain
  • Knowledge of the social issues related to drug use and addiction
  • Knowledge of the health and social consequences of drug use

Time / Duration: 

  • 1 class period per 1-2 games

Materials: 

  • Computer with Internet access per 1 - 3 students
  • Printer/copier for printable module worksheet and answer guide
  • Latest Java® version required
  • Unity Web Player® installation required for “Meth Mouse”

Alignment with National Standards: 

  • National Science Education Standards

Languages: 

  • English