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Lesson Plans

Virtual Clinical Trials

Created by : 
Center for Technology in Teaching and Learning, Rice University

In this interactive game, students use scientific methods and process skills as they learn how to design a clinical trial, the underlying neuroscience behind the medical advances being tested, and the related careers involved. Clinical trial topics include: spinal cord injury; teens and depression; and traumatic brain injury. 

What’s In the Lesson Plan: 

  • 3 interactive trials
  • Teacher synopsis
  • Classroom activities
  • Additional resources

Grade Level(s): 


Student Skills Targeted: 

  • Understanding neuroscience, biology, chemistry and science concepts related to clinical trials
  • Knowledge of science careers

Time / Duration: 

  • 1 class period per Clinical Trial


  • Computer with Internet access per 1-3 students
  • Printer/copier for printable classroom activities

Alignment with National Standards: 

  • National Science Education Standards
  • National Health Education Standards


  • English