Education Resources

A Stem Cell Adventure
SSR Member Joao Ramalho-Santos, part of an outreach campaign in public education about the importance of research in the reproductive sciences, has gone into comics! From his perspective as a scientist in the Center for Neuroscience and Cell Biology at the University of Coimbra, Portugal, Dr. Ramalho-Santos has collaborated with an artist to write a comic book on stem cell research, "A Stem Cell Adventure." Originally written in Portuguese (and distributed to his SSR fans a few years ago), this book is now available in English. Written for a teen-to-adult audience, it presents basic fact about stem cells and de-mystifies the hype with candid discussion of the caveats and impediments to stem cell therapy.
—Dr. Mary Ann Handel, SSR Publications Committee Co-Chair

Animal Diversity Web (ADW)
Animal Diversity Web is an online database of animal natural history, distribution, classification, and conservation biology at the University of Michigan.

Biotech Adventure
Biotech Adventure is a fun and educational web site developed by Oklahoma State University. The site presents the basics, techniques, and application of biotechnology in a way that is both fun and educational. In addition, it allows teachers to download all illustrations, animations, and text for use in the classroom. The site is designed to target students in junior high and high school, and it covers biotechnology in three segments:

  1. a basic section gives the information behind biotechnology using illustrations and animation;
  2. the techniques section gives students specific information on the techniques and equipment used in current biotechnology;
  3. video clips show how biotechnology is being used in everyday life.

The site has a "high" side and a "low" side to accommodate different internet-speed connections. On the high side are also a number of entertaining animations to make the site more fun for the students.

Breakthroughs in Bioscience
A series of illustrated essays that explain recent breakthroughs in biomedical research and how they are important to society.

Comparative Placentation
This online volume of placentas was created by Kurt Benirschke to assist with the examination and evaluation of the many different types of mammalian placentas. It is primarily directed to veterinary pathologists, zoo veterinarians, and others with an interest in understanding the bewildering variety of placental forms.

Kids 4 Research
This fun and educational site, aimed at K–12 students and sponsored by Charles River, provides information about science and research in general, and includes a section on animal research. There are games, art activities, and learning tools, as well as sections for parents and teachers. Enjoyable and valuable information for kids of all ages!

Kinetic City
An amazing collection of science experiments, games, and projects for everyone to enjoy both online and away from the computer. A related site for educators has resources for starting a science club. This site is produced by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), with major funding from the National Science Foundation.

NIH Curriculum Supplement Series
The NIH curriculum supplements are teacher's guides to two weeks of lessons on the science behind selected health topics. They combine cutting-edge biomedical discoveries with state-of-the-art instructional practices. The NIH Curriculum Supplements:

  • Are consistent with National Science Education Standards.
  • Promote critical thinking, teamwork, and problem-solving and communication skills.
  • Incorporate real scientific data to engage and challenge students.
  • Are aligned to state education standards.

Oregon National Primate Research Center Teacher Resources
Resources for teachers in grades 2–5, 6–8, and 9–12, with a focus on animals in biomedical research.

A service of the Ohio Scientific Education & Research Association, this site has information about life sciences research, classroom projects, science fair information, and links to cool science websites for kids.

Parrish—Reproductive Physiology Course
This website for John J. Parrish's University of Wisconsin–Madison reproductive physiology course (Animal Science/Dairy Science 434) includes lecture notes and handouts, lab exercises, and live video.

Repropedia is a reproductive dictionary created by an international team of scientists and clinicians and led by investigators at Northwestern University. An editorial board reviews all entries to ensure that definitions are both accurate and accessible to scientists and non-scientists alike.

Science, Medicine, and Animals
Science, Medicine, and Animals
is an online book produced by the National Research Council of the U.S. that discusses how animals have been and continue to be an important component of biomedical research. It addresses the history of animal research and what it looks like today, and gives an overview of some of the medical advances that would not have been possible without animal models. Finally, it looks at the regulations and oversight governing animal use, as well as efforts to use animals more humanely and efficiently.

Sea Urchin Embryology
The drama of fertilization and development is explored by laboratory modules using sea urchin eggs and a website developed by teachers and Stanford University researchers.

The Ultimate Ungulate is designed to provide reliable information and pictures of the world's ungulates to the global online community. Ungulates, or hoofed mammals, comprise one of the most successful and diverse groups of large mammals alive today, having colonized nearly every habitat on all continents except Antarctica and Australia. Family trees, descriptions, and pictures are available for nearly all of the 257 species.

Understanding Animal Research
Understanding Animal Research aims to achieve broad understanding and acceptance of the humane use of animals in biomedical research in the UK. The "Teacher's Zone" contains ideas and resources designed to introduce young people to the ethics and implications of science and for helping them to think about the rights and responsibilities of a citizen. The "School Zone" is a site for students to learn about the use of animals in research.

Understanding Science
This site, created by the University of California, Berkeley, focuses on the scientific process and why science is important in everyday life. Includes resources and lesson plans for teachers.