Educational Materials Development and Distribution
The Society develops and distributes, free of charge, a wide variety of up-to-date, high quality educational materials and curriculum resource pieces to teachers and classrooms. Our educational resources focus on the scientific process, the life sciences, biomedical research, and careers in the life sciences. These materials are developed in alignment with the Next Generation Science Standards, and serve as instructional curriculum resource pieces, and substitute teacher assignment packets. At the high school level they function as support-items for student-directed independent research.
Download curriculum materials here.
We bring the research community into the classroom to foster better understanding of the benefits of biomedical research to humans and animals and to increase students’ interest in science education and science-based careers. The Society enlists physicians, veterinarians, laboratory researchers, and research administrators to carry the message about the importance of biomedical research to K-12 California classrooms. The most frequently requested topics are careers in biomedical research, an ethical discussion of biomedical research, and disease-specific presentations, such as cancer, obesity, and heart disease.
Contact us to arrange a presentation.
Awards at Science Fairs
We present the Ron Orta Excellence in Biomedical Research Award at regional science fairs in California and Nevada to students who use IACUC protocols when developing and implementing a science fair project using animals models. This award serves to motivate and recognize students for their growing interests in science, and as a means to educate other fair participants and attendees about the role of animal models in scientific research. The Society also supports students and teachers interested in developing science fair projects that utilize vertebrate animals through explanation of and support for the use of the highest ethical and scientific research processes and protocol development. Visit Science Buddies for more information on Science Fair projects utilizing vertebrate animals and the ethical and scientific requirements.
We prepare outreach materials on the process of drug development, the scientific process, disease conditions, and the important role of biomedical research in the lives of humans and animals. Materials are available at many local libraries, health offices, and via curriculum materials page.