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August 22, 2017

K-12 Health Science Resources

Carolyn Martin

Did you know that the National Library of Medicine (NLM) produced resources for teachers and students? Typically we associate NLM with healthcare professionals and researchers. But, NLM has produced a number of resources that our future educators may want to know about.

With all the emphasis on STEM, STEAM, or STREAM in recent years, having supplemental resources to reinforce learning can be valuable. Knowing these resources are free but authoritative is even better! No passwords are required and no account needs to be created to access. These are resources future teachers can recommend to students or families to use from home for projects and papers.

Here are a few highlighted resources:

GeneEd provides information about DNA, genes, heredity/inheritance patterns, forensics and other issues associated with genetics. Genetics is becoming more prevalent in health and science and this resource provides information to introduce these current trends and to reinforce genetic concepts. It is a versatile tool for a wide range of reading levels as well as for use in and out of the classroom. Students will also be able to explore and consider careers in genetics through the information provided in this resource.

Student Environmental Portal is a great resource for middle school students and teachers. Here students can learn about such topics as water pollution, climate change and chemicals. Teachers will find information to supplement their curricula as well as information for students to explore how humans affect the environment and how this affects our health

Tox Town is an interactive educational resource designed to provide students information about the hazards in the various environments we live such as a city, a farm, a port, the southwest, and of course a town. Through graphics and animation Tox Town adds interest to learning about connections between chemicals, the environment, and the public’s health. It even includes an after school science club curriculum with lesson plans included. These activities introduce students to environmental health issues while emphasizing the importance of science to be an informed citizen. The information in Tox Town is also available in Spanish which makes this a fun way to reinforce Spanish language skills.

Though these resources are focused on K-12 ages, these are great to use as a refresher or just to get some basic understanding of health science concepts. Want to learn more? Go check out the rest of NLM’s K-12 resource list as well as the National Institutes of Health which has a list of resources for students and educators.