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Acids, Bases and Cocaine Addicts

Acids, Bases and Cocaine Addicts

July 2016

This interactive module introduces high school students to basic biology and chemistry principles using the pharmacokinetics of cocaine and crack cocaine. Students learn how the structure of a drug affects whether it can be smoked and whether it can pass through a biological membrane. This is one of six modules from the Pharmacology Education Partnership.

Grade: 9-12

An Introduction to the Brain and Nervous System: Brain Power!

An Introduction to the Brain and Nervous System: Brain Power!

July 2016

In this module students learn the parts of the brain, the functions of these parts, and how the brain communicates with the rest of the body. At the end of the module, students take part in a Challenge activity, giving visual presentations on brain parts and brain messages. 

Grade: 6-9

BioEd Online Educational Materials

BioEd Online Educational Materials

June 2017

This site offers lessons for a range of grade levels. Topics cover the brain, neurons and the nervous system, diseases of the nervous system, human senses and movement, learning and memory, diseases of the nervous system, and the effects of drugs on the brain and body.  

Grade: 6-12

Drug Testing: A Hair-Brained Idea!

Drug Testing: A Hair-Brained Idea!

July 2016

In this interactive module, the distribution of drugs throughout the bloodstream and their accumulation in a specific target (i.e., hair) is used to teach students about the chemical properties of drugs, the properties of biological membranes, conversion of drugs to metabolites by enzymes in the liver, and more.  This is one of six modules from the Pharmacology Education Partnership.

Grade: 9-12

How Do Drugs Damage Neurons? It's Radical!

How Do Drugs Damage Neurons? It's Radical!

July 2016

This interactive module focuses on the chemical process of oxidation and reduction. It uses the example of how methamphetamine acts in the brain to teach students basic principles about oxidative reactions, including the ability of oxygen radicals to attack (oxidize) cellular lipids, proteins and DNA, and more. This is one of six modules from the Pharmacology Education Partnership.

Grade: 9-12

Make a mad, mad, mad neuron

Make a Mad, Mad, Mad Neuron

October 2015

An interactive game that gives teens the opportunity to explore how the brain works by building their own monster neural circuit.

Grade: 6-12

Mapping the Brain

Mapping the Brain

January 2017

In this lesson, developed in partnership with Scholastic, students learn about several common types of brain-imaging technology used by neuroscientists and doctors. This technology serves as a jumping-off point to introduce students to different regions of the brain and ongoing research into teens’ brain development. A student article explains how MRI, fMRI, and PET scans work; a work sheet asks students to label real brain images.

Grade: 6-12

Military Pharmacology: It Takes Nerves!

Military Pharmacology: It Takes Nerves!

July 2016

This interactive module uses the effects of nerve gas on the body to explore how some drugs and toxins have multiple targets in the body. It uses the nervous system to teach about the characteristics of gaseous toxins that allow them to be absorbed in the body, the routes that toxins take to be distributed throughout the body, and how toxins can inhibit chemical reactions like hydrolysis. This is one of six modules from the Pharmacology Education Partnership.

Grade: 9-12

Pedigree Investigators

PI: Pedigree Investigator, On the Case of Nicotine Addiction

October 2015

Interactive game uses nicotine addiction to provide students with the opportunity to explore the role of genetic susceptibility in addiction.

Grade: 6-12

Sowing the Seeds of Neuroscience

Sowing the Seeds of Neuroscience

June 2017

Teens have the opportunity to explore the chemicals in plants that have medicinal properties, in particular neuroactive properties. They will explore how plant extracts can act as stimulants or depressants, how some plant extracts can slow the growth of bacteria in neurological disease, and much more.

Grade: 6-8

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