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This exercise incorporates a basic neuroanatomy lesson with a fun sensory and motor activity where students get to create the brain of an imaginary animal using Play-Doh. Includes a formal lesson plan for the teacher/instructor and PowerPoint slides to present to students.


 BAW Lesson Plan: Expose Your Nose (K-5)

This exercise incorporates a lesson on the sense of smell with an experiment that allows students to observe and gather scientific observations. Includes a formal lesson plan for the teacher/instructor and PowerPoint slides to present to students.


BAW Lesson Plan: Protect Your Brain (K-5)

This exercise incorporates a lesson on the ventricular system and common brain injuries with a demonstration of the importance of cerebrospinal fluid in keeping the brain safe from injury. Includes a formal lesson plan for the teacher/instructor and PowerPoint slides to present to students.


BioEd Online: Biology Teacher Resources

Baylor College of Medicine has resources for K-8 and high school biology teachers, including lesson plans, news stories, and classroom activities.


BrainFacts.org for Educators

The Society for Neuroscience's popular site features a section designed for the classroom, where educators can choose from a wide range of brain-related topics, the type of teaching method (articles, audio, video, etc.), one of eight "core concepts", and grade level. 


BrainWorks Videos

Kids and parents alike will enjoy BrainWorks, an entertaining and informative show that takes viewers on a journey inside the human brain, and aims to educate children about the wonders of neuroscience. The first episode won a 2017 Northwest Regional Emmy Award for its topic on exercise and the brain. The second episode explores brain-computer interfaces.


The Brain From Top to Bottom

This site, from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research’s Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction sponsors, offers in-depth information to students of all levels about such brain-related issues as the senses, memory, pleasure and pain, and mental disorders.


Brain Glossary

The Dana Foundation's "Glossary of Key Brain Science Terms" contains newly updated terms that reflect the continuing evolution of neuroscience research.


Brain Tour

This two-part tour looks at fundamentals of how the mind works and the changes that occur in the brain under the effects of Alzheimer's disease.

The ChemCollective

The ChemCollective offers teachers and students free virtual lab materials, tutorials, scenarios, and simulations to use in class, along with an opportunity for teachers to share materials with one another. The National Science Digital Library and the National Science Foundation sponsor the site.


DNA Interactive

This Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory site offers interactive features, guides, and lessons for educators teaching about DNA.


The Franklin Institute: Your Brain

How can understanding the brain help us build a better society? This high school curriculum (designed for students ages 16-18) offers an in-depth focus on neuroscience through the lens of societal issues relevant to older teenagers. 


Genes to Cognition Online

Genes to Cognition Online is a website by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. The site focuses on cognitive disorders, cognitive process and research approaches through interactive maps and images.


High School Bioethics

The High School Bioethics Project at NYU School of Medicine. See more resources from Georgetown University.


The Human Genome Project

The Human Genome Project, part of the National Human Genome Research Institute, offers a free online kit for high school students interested in human genetics. The kit explores topics such as the history of genetic discovery, the future of research and medicine, and the ethical, legal, and social implications of genetic knowledge.


More Mindbogglers! Booklet

A fun booklet with activities and facts about the brain from the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives. (PDF) 


Mysteries of the Brain Video Series 

The National Science Foundation has partnered with NBC to create this online video series to help us understand the latest research from scientists and to better understand the complexities of the human brain.  


Neuroscience & the Classroom

This site for teachers that helps explain information about the brain to students. Through lesson plans, videos, and course guides, teachers can better relate science to their students.


NIDA for Teens

Developed by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), with input from teenagers, this site delivers science-based facts about how drugs affect the brain and body so that kids will be armed with better information to make healthy decisions.


NIDCD Site for Kids and Teachers

How loud is too loud?  This program was developed by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), part of the National Institutes of Health.


NIH Office of Science Education

The National Institutes of Health offer science and health curriculum supplements and educational resources for grades K-12.


Nova Teachers

NOVA provides teacher's guides—including a substantial number of classroom and online interactive activities—that can be either used on their own or in conjunction with the television programs that inspired them. Choose from a variety of topics within life science, physical science, earth and space science, and technology. 


Scientific American

An educational site for science articles, activities, and interactive resources for adults and kids ages 6-12.


Science Net Links

Lesson plans and science related tools for ages K-12.



This program encourages young students to pursue a career in STEM by matching scientists with New York City public school teachers.


Society for Neuroscience Brain Awareness Videos

Watch thewinning submissions for SfN's annual Brain Awareness Video Contest. 


Virtual Cell Animation Collection

Advanced virtual cell animations—from protein transport to photosynthesis—are available at this North Dakota State University site.


The Zombie Autopsies

These original lessons build upon one another and have an accompanying plot line where the world is fighting a zombie apocalypse and the best and the brightest young people are being trained as medical students – with a specialty in neuroscience--with the hopes that they will be able to provide a cure to this terrible epidemic and save humanity. From PBS Newshour, and tied to the book, The Zombie Autopsies, by Steven Schlotzmann, MD, but can stand alone.



Beyond Discovery: The Path from Research to Human Benefit

Learn about the origins of many scientific discoveries, and see the application of science in our everyday life and how everyday life inspires science. This site is no longer actively updated, but is maintained by the Marian Koshland Science Museum of the National Academy of Sciences.


Changing the Face of Medicine

Want to learn about some incredible role models? Celebrate the lives and achievements of numerous female physicians who have made great strides in the practice of medicine. You can find bios for specific female physicians or browse through the entire group. 


History of European Neuroscience Projects 

Take a look at a variety of historical scientific instruments, timelines in neurology, European portraits and caricatures of neuroscientists, among other projects funded by the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies. 


Milestones in Neuroscience Research

In 4000 B.C., they discovered the euphoric effects of poppy plants. By the 5th & 6th centuries B.C., the sensory nerves were dissected, and Hippocrates and Plato first proposed that the brain was the center of human intelligence and mental processes. Follow this link to explore the history of neuroscience research.


NLM: Online Exhibitions and Digital Projects 

Learn about public health efforts through the decades, discover important medical achievements from the ancient Greeks and early Muslims, and take a look at the other online exhibitions. Many exhibitions include online activities and lesson plan ideas.


Nobel Laureates Facts

Check out the Nobel Laureate profiles and their award-winning discoveries from each year.


Then and Now: In Search of Ourselves--Human Behavior

A journey through the past century of human behavior, this link provides a timeline of the major discoverers in human behavior from 1900 to today.




Action BioScience

ActionBioscience.org is an educational website that provides articles by scientists, science educators, and science students on issues related to seven bioscience challenges such as the environment and biotechnology.



BrainFacts.org is a public information initiative of The Kavli Foundation, the Gatsby Charitable Foundation, and the Society for Neuroscience, which provides information about the brain and nervous system.



EurekAlert! is science reporting for kids, and includes games and kid-friendly science stories. EurekaAlerts! is operated by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).


Neuroscience in the News--for Kids

Scientific news for kids.


Student Science

A resource of the Society for Science and the Public.


Last Updated: 11/19/18

Editor: Seimi Rurup

The listing of an organization's website does not imply endorsement by the Dana Foundation or the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives.