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NIH to fund development of K-12 neuroscience education programs
Date:9/27/2011

Eight investigators across the United States will receive funding over the next five years to develop innovative neuroscience education programs for K-12 students and their teachers. Activities described within some proposals include using touch tablet technology to teach neurobiology, and the creation of a 1,400-square-foot interactive learning center. These grants are funded by the NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research Science Education Award and the Science Education Partnership Award Program of the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR). The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health and administrator of the grants, made the announcement.

These educational programs aim to increase science literacy and understanding as well as an interest in science among K-12 students and their teachers. This is particularly important, since the most recent trends published by the U.S. Department of Education indicate that U.S. eighth graders score lower than students from nine other countries in science knowledge and skills. The project seeks to close this gap as well as fulfill the NIH mission to ensure that adequate numbers of students are entering science education tracks and eventually pursuing careers in biomedical science.

"Creative strategies are needed to ensure that the United States maintains its competiveness in the scientific field," said NIDA Director Nora D. Volkow, M.D. "Since neuroscience cuts across many different disciplines and can help in understanding all kinds of behavior, it is the ideal vehicle for capturing people's interest and engaging them in scienceat any age."

Awardees are as follows:

Steve Snyder, Ph.D., The Franklin Institute, Philadelphia
Project: Neuroscience in Your World: A Partnership for Neuroscience Education Across the K-12 Spectrum
This collaborative effort between The Franklin Institute and the Center for Neuroscience and Society
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Contact: NIDA Press Team
media@nida.nih.gov
301-443-6245
NIH/National Institute on Drug Abuse
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