National Institutes of Health (NIH)
- The NIH Office of Science Education has a curriculum supplement series of
interactive, inquiry-based teaching units that combine current science research
with effective instructional techniques—specifically the constructivist
(5E) model. The units are free to teachers, aligned to the National Science
Education Standards, and grade specific for grades K–2, 6–8, and
9–12. The NIH is working to align the units to all state standards for
science, math, and language arts. The units were developed under contract
with BSCS and field tested, so they meet the No Child Left Behind Act mandate
that they be “research-based.”
Currently six high school units, five middle school units, four pending
middle school units, and one elementary unit are available. Units can be
accessed by visiting http://science.education.nih.gov,
then selecting “supplements.” Or go directly to the supplement
page at http://science.education.nih.gov/supplements.
- NIH’s career database, called LifeWorks, enables students, parents,
mentors, advisors, and guidance counselors to research more than 100 careers
and learn what the jobs entail on a daily basis, what the salary is, and how
much education is required. LifeWorks also provides suggestions for high school
and college courses that can help someone achieve success in a particular
career. The site is constantly being updated, so the numbers of listed careers
will continue to grow. Students can also choose to take a short survey (Career
Finder) to help them determine which careers they might be interested in pursuing.
LifeWorks can be found at http://science.education.nih.gov/LifeWorks.
- In partnership with the NIH Office of Science Education, the National Institute
of General Medical Sciences has produced a middle-school science curriculum
supplement called Doing Science: The Process of Scientific Inquiry. The supplement
contains four lessons designed to help students explore methods of inquiry,
ask testable questions, refine critical-thinking skills, and appreciate the
purpose of scientific research. Teachers and school administrators may order
single, free copies at http://science.education.nih.gov/customers.nsf/middleschool.htm.
- Tox Town, an interactive website, enables students and teachers to learn
about the environmental health concerns in various neighborhoods: town, city,
U.S.-Mexico border, and farm. Users will explore such potential environmental
hazards as radon, asbestos, and carbon monoxide, and the website will help
them make connections among chemicals, the environment, and human health.
A high school student writing a paper about the health effects of lead could
choose the "Lead" button, for example, to find out what lead and
lead poisoning are and how to prevent lead poisoning in children. Educators
are encouraged to review this site and provide NIH’s National Library
of Medicine with suggestions and comments so that Tox Town can be continually
improved and present relevant information for use in the classroom. See http://www.toxtown.nlm.nih.gov.
Tox Town has resources available in Spanish as well at http://toxtown.nlm.nih.gov/espanol/index.html.
Tox Town is an NSTA SciLinks® website.
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