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K-12 Science and Health Education

Working with teachers and scientific experts to provide FREE reliable resources to help introduce, reinforce, and supplement education programs.

Animations

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  • A Zest for Pests...Pesticides, the Environment and You
    David’s house is infested with micropenguins. What can he do? An animation about pesticides, where they are found, how they are used, and their effects on human health.

  • Desalination: A Solution for Our Water Needs
    Animated video on the desalination process.

  • Farmtastic Plastic
    In this animated adventure, Polly Mer guides Olivia through the process of “growing” plastics on a plastics farm, introducing her to concepts such as monomers and polymers in a game-like environment.

  • Monte Mold Chronicles
    Join Monte Mold as he helps to explain how mold grows, its benefits to humans and the environment, and the potential risks to human health.

  • Mercury and Our Health
    An animation about mercury, where it is found, how it is used, and the effects on human health.

  • Phthalamon: Phthalates and Your Health
    This lighthearted animation tackles phthalates, the chemicals used to make plastics more durable and flexible, and the risks they present to human health.

  • Robot ZERO's Ozone Adventure
    Well-intentioned, but misguided outer space robot ZERO comes to Earth to help humans by spraying them with ozone. There, ZERO meets a scientist who explains ZERO’s mistake by helping him understand the difference between atmospheric and ground-level ozone.

  • Silent but Leadly: Toxicity of Lead
    Professor Plumbum takes intergalactic superhero Leadman on a historic tour about properties and uses of lead, convincing him to redesign his suit into something less… leadly.

  • Something in the Air: Particulate Matter and Your Health
    Agents Aeon and Amethyst investigate toxic effects of Hawthorne Hipster’s unusual bonfire. An animation about particulate matter, where it is found, and its effects on human health.

  • Super Mallio Brothers
    This parody on a classic video game teaches students about the dangers of the chemicals used in the production of plastics for the environment and human health.

  • What in the World is Arsenic? Arsenic in our Food
    While eating lunch, three students begin to wonder about the safety of eating foods that contain arsenic. Through their research, they will discover where arsenic is found, how it is used, and its effects on human health.

  • World of Plasticraft
    Journey with Pollymer and two gameworld adventurers to a faraway land of Plasteroth. Here, leading a quest to forge the powerful Recy’clar sword, she will explain the different types of plastics and their recycling programs.

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Biology

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  • MedlinePlus
    (Grades 6 -12+)
    Easy to read health information. An excellent source for all ages. Also available in Spanish

  • PubMed
    (Grades 11 – 12+)
    A citation index for articles from medical and life science journals. View the PubMed tutorial for site navigation guidance.

  • Visible Human Project
    (Grades 6 – 12+)
    Complete, anatomically detailed, 3D representations of the normal male and female human bodies.

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Careers

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Disasters

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Drought

  • Drought
    (Grades 8 - 12)
    Information page about droughts, why they occur, and their impact on our health and the environment.
    National Library of Medicine

Floods

  • Storms and Floods
    (Grades 8 - 12)
    Information page about wildfires, why they occur, and their impact on our health and the environment.
    National Library of Medicine

Wildfires

  • Wildfires
    (Grades 8 - 12)
    Information page about wildfires, why they occur, and their impact on our health and the environment.
    National Library of Medicine

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Environmental Health Science/Chemistry

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  • ChemIDplus
    (Grades 7 – 12+)
    View and manipulate chemical structures for over 388,000 chemicals. Create SIS and TRANS models, conduct structure similarity searches, and view chemical synonyms.

  • Environmental Health Student Portal
    (Grades 6 – 8)
    Connecting middle school students to environmental health information.

  • Household Products Database
    (Grades 6-12+)
    Learn about the potential health effects of chemicals in common household products.

  • TOXinvaders
    (mobile iOS game) (Grades 6 - 12).
    Learn chemistry while saving the environment from toxic chemicals.

  • Tox Town
    (Grades 6 - 12+)
    Guide to commonly encountered toxic substances. Includes classroom materials. Also available in Spanish.

  • Tox Town - Tools for Teachers
    (Grades 6 - 8)
    The tools for teacher page provides activities and resources you can use with your class to stimulate learning about environmental health issues.

  • ToxTutor
    (Grades 9 - 12+)
    Written at the introductory college student level and teaches basic toxicology principles.

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Forensics and Medical Technology

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Games

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  • Base Chase
    (Grades 7 - 12)
    Mobile iOS game that teaches DNA base pairing. Students build DNA strands of various animals.

  • Bohr Thru
    (Grades 7 - 12)
    Mobile iOS game that teaches students about the first 18 chemicals on the periodic table and how to build Bohr Models to show the structure of the element.

  • Run4Green
    (Grades 6 - 12)
    Mobile iOS game that teaches students about environmental conservation.

  • ToxInvaders
    (Grades 6 - 12)
    Mobile iOS game that teaches chemistry while saving the environment from toxic chemicals.

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General Health

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Genetics

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Health Information Tutorials

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HIV/AIDS

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  • AIDSinfo
    (Grades 6 – 12+)
    Reliable fact sheets to help students and teachers understand HIV/AIDS. Also available in Spanish.

  • HIV/AIDS Portal
    (Grades 6 – 12+)
    Links to journal literature, clinical trials and treatment information, meeting abstracts, and other scientific and consumer-related resources. Also available in Spanish.

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Lesson Plans

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Projects

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Spanish-Language Resources

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