These NGSS-aligned curriculum guides, designed for high school educators and students, demonstrate how key fields of science and medicine — including genomics, genome editing, cancer research, infectious disease research, and more — have evolved in the two decades since the first human genome was sequenced. They follow a series of talks presented by researchers at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. Using timestamps and summaries, the lectures are divided into thematic units in the guides, so a teacher can pick the shorter 10-15 minutes segments appropriate for their lesson. Learn more and download guides at broad.io/classroomdiscoveryguides.
Bio-Coding Club Curriculum
This curriculum, designed for grades 6-8, gives educators and students the tools needed to run successful student-driven coding projects related to biology. Each module consists of lessons that pair hands-on biology activities and challenges using the coding language Scratch. Learn more and download the modules at http://broad.io/biocodingcurriculum.
Bio-Coding Club Educator Program
The Office for STEM Engagement and Inclusion at the Broad Institute created the Bio-Coding Club as an after-school program to teach students in grades 6-8 about both biology and computer coding. Educators or community-based organizations in the United States serving students in grades 6-8 can launch their own Bio-Coding Club with the Broad's support. Learn more about how to get sponsored to start your own Club chapter at http://broad.io/biocodingpd.
Disease Detectives - Introduction to Sequence Analysis
In this lesson, students will analyze Ebola sequences that were obtained from patients in Sierra Leone during the 2014 outbreak in West Africa. Students are challenged to place sequences into groups based on similarities and create a story for transmission of the virus. They will then compare their results to those of scientists at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, who followed a similar procedure in the beginning of the outbreak.