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Anatomy and Physiology

Cancer Warrior
In "What's the Right Dose?" students determine the toxicity of salt to an intracellular liver process using a dose response curve to learn more about chemotherapy. Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Coma
In "The Diving Reflex," students investigate the diving reflex response that extends the amount of time a person can stay under water. Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Deadly Ascent
In "Going to Extremes," students learn more about some of Earth's extreme environments and some of the possible dangers they present. Grades 6-8.

Life's Greatest Miracle
In "Developmental Stages," students identify the effects of maternal consumption of alcohol at various stages of pregnancy. Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Lincoln's Secret Weapon
In "Dive, Dive, Dive," students explore how principles of gas behavior relate to diving in order to plan safe underwater activities. Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Marathon Challenge
In "Matters of the Heart," students take each other's pulses at rest and after exercise to determine recovery times. Grades 6-8.

Mystery of the Senses -- Hearing
In "Voices in the Crowd," students experiment with what people hear when conversations are taking place simultaneously. Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9012.

Mystery of the Senses -- Smell
In "Olfactory Memories," students experience how the brain associates smells with memories and emotions. Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12.

Mystery of the Senses -- Taste
In "Taste Survey," students investigate the senses involved with taste. Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12.

Mystery of the Senses -- Touch
In "Touchy Areas," students test the skin's range of sensitivity. Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12.

Mystery of the Senses -- Vision
In "Optical Illusions," students view six optical illusions and explain why the visual system might interpret them the way it does. Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12.

NOVA scienceNOW: Epigenetics
In "Epigenetics," students make a model of chromatin and use it to show how chemical tags that bond to the chromatin can influence its uncoiling. Grades 9-12.

NOVA scienceNOW: Obesity
In "Hormones and Receptors," students make hormone-receptor models to understand how hormones bind to specific receptors before initiating a cellular response. Grades 6-8, 9-12.

NOVA scienceNOW: Of Mice and Memory
In "Modeling the Brain," students make a model of the human brain and use it to map the brain structures that govern different functions and behaviors.

NOVA scienceNOW: Stem Cells Breakthrough
In "Stem Cell Breakthrough," students teams research how some of the different cells in the body arise from stem cells and use this information to build models of stem cells and various specialized cells in the body.

Odyssey of Life, Part I -- The Ultimate Journey
In "Timing Is Everything," students sequence the developmental stages for a fish, chick, pig, calf, and human. Grades 6-8.

Science Odyssey, A: In Search of Ourselves
In "Memory Lane," examine some factors that affect short-term memory to understand that it decreases quickly over time and that certain factors can increase or decrease recall. Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Stranger in the Mirror
In "Give It a Second Look," students try to interpret an image to learn what is involved with visual agnosia. Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Surviving AIDS
In "Get the Scoop," students create a newspaper supplement to learn about the facts and issues surrounding HIV and AIDS. Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Universe Within, The
In "Pencil-Lifting Flow Chart," students chart the electrical, chemical, and mechanical systems that are engaged in the brain and body when a person picks up a pencil. Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Wanted -- Butch and Sundance
In "Identifying the Skeletons," students analyze bone specimen illustrations and correlate the person to whom they may have belonged. Grades 6-8, 9-12.


Development

Life's Greatest Miracle
In "Developmental Stages," students identify the effects of maternal consumption of alcohol at various stages of pregnancy. Grades 6-8, 9-12.

NOVA scienceNOW: Stem Cells Breakthrough
In "Stem Cell Breakthrough," students teams research how some of the different cells in the body arise from stem cells and use this information to build models of stem cells and various specialized cells in the body.

Odyssey of Life, Part I -- The Ultimate Journey
In "Timing Is Everything," students sequence the developmental stages for a fish, chick, pig, calf, and human. Grades 6-8.


Disease

Bioterror
In "Helping Students Cope," teachers can find tips and resources from professional organizations for dealing with students' concerns about bioterrorism. Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Brain Eater, The
In "Public Health Task Force," students research a communicable disease and propose public health policies for limiting its spread. Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Can Buildings Make You Sick?
In "Air Sampling," students collect and observe airborne particles in and out of the classroom. Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Cancer Warrior
In "What's the Right Dose?" students determine the toxicity of salt to an intracellular liver process using a dose response curve to learn more about chemotherapy. Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Ebola -- The Plague Fighters
In "Pass It On," students simulate and trace the spread of a virus. Grades 3-5, 6-8.

Ghost in Your Genes
In "Checking Up on Genes" students model how scientists use DNA microarrays to determine levels of gene expression in breast cancer patients, and then choose treatments based on what they learn. Grades 9-12.

Killer Disease on Campus
In "Evaluating Drug Development," students learn about the Food and Drug Administration's processes for new drug development. Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Life's Greatest Miracle
In "Developmental Stages," students identify the effects of maternal consumption of alcohol at various stages of pregnancy. Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Most Dangerous Woman in America, The
In "Which Wash Wins?" students test the efficacy of different types of hand hygiene. Grades 6-8, 9-12.

NOVA scienceNOW: 1918 Flu
In "Biology of Flu," students perform a sequence of six short simulations to model how an infectious disease can spread through a human population. Grades 6-8, 9-12.

NOVA scienceNOW: Killer Microbe
In "Arms Race with a Superbug," students model how horizontal gene transfer contributes to the spread of antibiotic resistance genes in bacteria.

Rx for Survival: Deadly Messengers
In "Deadly Messengers," students examine mosquitoes as a vector of disease -- locally and globally -- and debate different methods for preventing the spread of mosquito-borne diseases. Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Rx for Survival: Delivering the Goods
In "Delivering the Goods," students study a map of a fictitious rural area and develop plans to administer a flu vaccine to the people living there. Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Rx for Survival: Disease Warriors
In "Disease Warriors," students play two games to model how vaccines protect a population. Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Rx for Survival: How Safe Are We?
In "How Safe Are We?" students play the role of health investigators and identify potential hotspots for microbes in their school. Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Rx for Survival: Rise of the Superbugs
In "Rise of the Superbugs," students follow the story of a girl battling antibiotic-resistant bacteria, studying graphs to identify critical points in her treatment. Grades 9-12.

Science Odyssey, A: Matters of Life and Death
In "Disease Detectives," simulate the spread of a disease and locate "patient zero" to understand some factors that affect the spread of disease and the challenges of epidemiology. Grades 3-5, 6-8.

Search for a Safe Cigarette
In "Who Should Decide What's Safe?," students review a range of federal and state actions on tobacco issues and consider the government's role in public health. Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Surviving AIDS
In "Get the Scoop," students create a newspaper supplement to learn about the facts and issues surrounding HIV and AIDS. Grades 6-8, 9-12.


Medicine

Bioterror
In "Helping Students Cope," teachers can find tips and resources from professional organizations for dealing with students' concerns about bioterrorism. Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Cancer Warrior
In "What's the Right Dose?" students determine the toxicity of salt to an intracellular liver process using a dose response curve to learn more about chemotherapy. Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Deadly Ascent
In "Going to Extremes," students learn more about some of Earth's extreme environments and some of the possible dangers they present. Grades 6-8.

Dying to Breathe
In "You Be the Judge," students consider some of the criteria involved in selecting organ recipients. Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Eighteen Ways to Make a Baby
In "Motherhood After Menopause," students consider some of the ethical, legal, and social issues related to allowing a post-menopausal woman to give birth. Grades 9-12.

Killer Disease on Campus
In "Evaluating Drug Development," students learn about the Food and Drug Administration's processes for new drug development. Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Life and Death in the War Zone
In "You Be the Judge," determine criteria for selecting an organ transplant recipient. Grades 9-12.

MD -- The Making of a Doctor, Part II
In "Hippocratic Oath," students review and suggest changes to the Hippocratic Oath. Grades 6-8, 9-12.

NOVA scienceNOW: Brain Trauma
In "Protecting Your Brain: The Egghead Bicycle Helmet," students investigate how bicycle helmets protect the brain from injuries.

NOVA scienceNOW: Killer Microbe
In "Arms Race with a Superbug," students model how horizontal gene transfer contributes to the spread of antibiotic resistance genes in bacteria.

NOVA scienceNOW: Personal DNA Testing
In "Personal DNA Testing," students investigate the genetics behind the question of why different people respond differently to the same drug.

Rx for Survival: Deadly Messengers
In "Deadly Messengers," students examine mosquitoes as a vector of disease -- locally and globally -- and debate different methods for preventing the spread of mosquito-borne diseases. Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Rx for Survival: Delivering the Goods
In "Delivering the Goods," students study a map of a fictitious rural area and develop plans to administer a flu vaccine to the people living there. Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Rx for Survival: Disease Warriors
In "Disease Warriors," students play two games to model how vaccines protect a population. Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Rx for Survival: How Safe Are We?
In "How Safe Are We?" students play the role of health investigators and identify potential hotspots for microbes in their school. Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Rx for Survival: Rise of the Superbugs
In "Rise of the Superbugs," students follow the story of a girl battling antibiotic-resistant bacteria, studying graphs to identify critical points in her treatment. Grades 9-12.

Survivor M.D.: Tattooed Doctor
In "Who Does What?," students become acquainted with various medical careers. Grades 6-8.

What's New About Menopause
In "Jason's Dilemma," students evaluate treatment options for migraine management. Grades 6-8.


Nutrition

Arctic Passage
In "Icy Survival," students plan a survival pack for severe Antarctic weather. Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Dying to Be Thin
In "Body Images," students collect and analyze data about how healthy men and women are portrayed in the media and use this data to learn more about healthy lifestyles. Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Harvest of Fear
In "Are Genetically Modified Foods Safe?," students research and debate the arguments for and against the use of genetically modified foods. Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Rx for Survival: Back to the Basics
In "Back to the Basics," students use the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Web-based diet-analysis tool to analyze five diets, including their own. Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Warnings from the Ice
In "Icy Survival," students consider what they would need in a survival pack to protect their body temperature, ensure a source of fluids, and ensure a source of calories if stranded in severe weather. Grades 6-8.


Public Health

Bioterror
In "Helping Students Cope," teachers can find tips and resources from professional organizations for dealing with students' concerns about bioterrorism. Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Brain Eater, The
In "Public Health Task Force," students research a communicable disease and propose public health policies for limiting its spread. Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Can China Kick the Habit?
In "Advertising Survey," students find, record, and analyze data about cigarette advertisements. Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Ebola -- The Plague Fighters
In "Pass It On," students simulate and trace the spread of a virus. Grades 3-5, 6-8.

Escape! Because Accidents Happen -- Car Crash
In "Buckled Up?," students design and implement a study of local seat belt use and compare the results to national statistics. Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12.

Escape! Because Accidents Happen -- Fire
In "Up to Code?," students research and analyze fire safety strategies in public and private buildings. Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12.

Killer Disease on Campus
In "Evaluating Drug Development," students learn about the Food and Drug Administration's processes for new drug development. Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Life's Greatest Miracle
In "Developmental Stages," students identify the effects of maternal consumption of alcohol at various stages of pregnancy. Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Most Dangerous Woman in America, The
In "Which Wash Wins?" students test the efficacy of different types of hand hygiene. Grades 6-8, 9-12.

NOVA scienceNOW: 1918 Flu
In "Biology of Flu," students perform a sequence of six short simulations to model how an infectious disease can spread through a human population. Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Rx for Survival: Back to the Basics
In "Back to the Basics," students use the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Web-based diet-analysis tool to analyze five diets, including their own. Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Rx for Survival: Deadly Messengers
In "Deadly Messengers," students examine mosquitoes as a vector of disease -- locally and globally -- and debate different methods for preventing the spread of mosquito-borne diseases. Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Rx for Survival: Delivering the Goods
In "Delivering the Goods," students study a map of a fictitious rural area and develop plans to administer a flu vaccine to the people living there. Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Rx for Survival: Disease Warriors
In "Disease Warriors," students play two games to model how vaccines protect a population. Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Rx for Survival: How Safe Are We?
In "How Safe Are We?" students play the role of health investigators and identify potential hotspots for microbes in their school. Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Rx for Survival: Rise of the Superbugs
In "Rise of the Superbugs," students follow the story of a girl battling antibiotic-resistant bacteria, studying graphs to identify critical points in her treatment. Grades 9-12.

Science Odyssey, A: Matters of Life and Death
In "Disease Detectives," simulate the spread of a disease and locate "patient zero" to understand some factors that affect the spread of disease and the challenges of epidemiology. Grades 3-5, 6-8.

Search for a Safe Cigarette
In "Who Should Decide What's Safe?," students review a range of federal and state actions on tobacco issues and consider the government's role in public health. Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Surviving AIDS
In "Get the Scoop," students create a newspaper supplement to learn about the facts and issues surrounding HIV and AIDS. Grades 6-8, 9-12.


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