Rex or “Real Experiments” is a web-based platform that allows high school (biology) students to “conduct” virtual experiments online, interact with real scientists, and use real data generated from published studies. Students can choose from seven neuroscience and behavior experiments using zebrafish and rats as model systems to study the effects of THC, caffeine, alcohol, and cigarette smoke. Rex was field-tested in high school biology classrooms; its impact on student interest in science and the technical features for using it in the classroom have been recently published in the Journal of Formative Design in Learning. Open access to the publication is found at: Rex: Development of an Online Experiment Platform for High School Biology
Rex is now available to the public free of charge at www.rex.duke.edu.
» The Pharmacology Education Partnership (PEP) modules
The PEP modules are geared for high school biology and chemistry; they integrate basic biology and chemistry concepts in the context of pharmacology topics. The modules can be accessed online in an interactive format or downloaded as pdfs individually at the thepepproject website.
» “The Alcohol Pharmacology Education Partnership (APEP) modules
The APEP modules are geared for high school biology and chemistry; they integrate basic biology and chemistry concepts in the context of alcohol pharmacology. The modules can be accessed online in an interactive format or downloaded as pdfs individually at the APEP website.
» Science Education Enhances Knowledge (SEEK) about Tobacco
Funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, we have developed a science education unit for use in high school health education classes to address the science behind addiction and development of cancer from tobacco products, whether smoked or smokeless. It can also be used in Biology classes. Health Ed teachers throughout NC participated in field-testing the module in their classes. Use of the unit increased student knowledge about addiction and perceived risk of addiction. To access the SEEK modules, click SEEK»
» NIDA teaching packets for teachers, neuroscientists, and other health care professionals
A series of teaching packets was developed by Rochelle Schwartz-Bloom for the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). The following teaching packets can be downloaded as Powerpoint files:
» “The Brain and the Actions of Cocaine, Opiates and Marijuana”
» “The Neurobiology of Drug Addiction”
» “The Neurobiology of Ecstasy”
» Infectious Disease: Superbugs, Science, & Society
An elective course in high school biology was developed by faculty and students at Duke RISE. It has 6 modules that cover HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, Avian Flu, Drug Resistant Malaria, Anthrax/Small Pox, and Prions. Each module integrates biology with chemistry, math, history, literature, political science, and economics. The modules can be downloaded in pdf format: Superbugs Biology Course
A small assessment of the “Superbugs” course was performed in 2 high schools. To view or download the poster of the Superbugs course and data collected, click Superbugs_poster.
» Understanding FASD: A Comprehensive Guide for Pre K-8 Educators
A guide for teachers to develop learning plans for children diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) or exhibiting learning and behavior problems consistent with FASD is provided for Pre K-8 educators, school nurses, and administrators. The neuroscience behind damage to specific brain areas produced by fetal alcohol exposure is presented. Understanding FASD can be accessed online or downloaded as a pdf at the Understanding FASD website.
» A Mission to Mars: An Encounter with Radiation
Funded by National Space & Aeronautics Administration, we have developed a science education unit for use in high school biology classes to learn about the effects of cosmic radiation on human biology. The unit incorporates chemistry and physics into the biology. To access “A Mission to Mars”, click Mission to Mars