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Educational Resources

  • Scholastic lesson guides and articles on the developing brain — The following education guides provide teachers with science-based materials about the brain that they can share with their students:
  • Make a Mad, Mad, Mad Neuron — This interactive game, with a teacher’s guide and student worksheets, gives teens the opportunity to explore how the brain works by building a monster neural circuit.
  • Brain Power! — These NIDA-funded curricula take elementary school students on a step-by-step exploration of the science behind drug abuse, explaining the effects of drugs on the brain and body. Lesson plans are available for four age groups, from kindergarten through grade 6. The modules include instructions for hands-on science investigations, a DVD, supplementary activities, and a Web-based game.
  • BrainU — These lesson plans for teachers help children from grades 5 through 12 explore the disease of addiction and the changes that take place in the brain when drugs are used. It also targets skills in analytic thinking and problem solving.
  • CSI Forensic Web Adventures — Teens become rookie CSI agents as they wander through virtual scenarios to learn basic forensic science and find clues in behind-the-scenes investigations that unlock the mysteries of biology.
  • BrainFacts.org — Explore the greatest scientific frontier - the human brain.
  • Neuroscience for kids — Build a neuron, test your reflexes, learn what a SLOG is, and much more!
  • Crossing the Divide — Learn how neurons talk to each other in this educational video.
  • The Brain with David Eagleman — Neuroscientist David Eagleman explores the human brain in a series that "reveals the ultimate story of us, why we feel and think the things we do. This ambitious project blends science with innovative visual effects and compelling personal stories, and addresses some big questions. By understanding the human brain, we can come close to understanding humanity."