Resources for Educators

Teacher tools to inspire a student to pursue bioscience

If you are a teacher, counselor, or just someone who wants to inspire a student to pursue bioscience, check out these great classroom resources. If you know of resources that should be included here, please contact us at

Meeting of the Molecules – From crystallization to protein folding, basic biological and chemical processes depend on interactions among atoms and molecules. High school and beginning college students can study and manipulate these liaisons at Molecular Logic from the Concord Consortium.

National Institute of General Medical Sciences: The Structures of Life – The online brochure from NIGMS focuses on structural biology.

Centers for Disease Control: EXCITE Program – EXCITE is a collection of teaching materials developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to introduce students to public health and epidemiology, the science used by “Disease Detectives” everywhere. Students will learn about the scientific method of inquiry, basic biostatistics, and outbreak investigation.

American Society of Plant Biologists – provides comprehensive resources for grades K-12 including an outreach program designed to expose students and teachers to plant biology research from the scientist’s perspective and to encourage students who may be interested in pursuing plant biology as a career.

How Do Cells Make Proteins? – This interactive activity from the Exploratorium examines the role of proteins, the molecules that form the structures and drive the processes that create living, breathing plants and animals. Cells use genes to make proteins for critical jobs like carrying oxygen and contracting muscles. Explore the steps of protein synthesis, the process by which DNA is transcribed and translated into the tens of thousands of different types of proteins that make us what we are.

National Institute of General Medical Sciences: The Chemistry of Health – This online science education booklet offers a sampling of how basic chemistry and biochemistry research can spur a better understanding of human health. is a non-commercial, educational web site created to promote bioscience literacy by examining issues that will:

  • motivate the public to play an active role in bioscience education
  • show how developments in bioscience research can affect everyone
  • promote an understanding of biogeography and the biodiversity of life
  • engage the public to reflect on the relationship between human activity and the natural
  • course of evolution
  • promote global ecological awareness
  • advance formal and informal bioscience education
  • encourage students to pursue studies in the biosciences