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  • Saving Baby Elephants from a Lethal Virus (EEHV)

    Saving Baby Elephants from a Lethal Virus (EEHV) Video

    Paul D. Ling, Ph.D., a microbiologist at Baylor College of Medicine, is a leading global expert on elephant endotheliotropic herpesvirus (EEHV), a disease that is killing baby Asian elephants. Join him as he discusses the virus, key discoveries, and a treatment protocol, developed by his research team, that keeps the elephants alive.

  • The Index Elephant

    The Index Elephant Reading

    In this storybook, young students track a mysterious illness that is killing baby Asian elephants. Students learn how doctors and scientists identified the pathogen, found a treatment, and are working to make a vaccine.

  • K-1: The Senses

    K-1: The Senses Teacher Guide

    Students learn about the brain, skull and sensory system; investigate sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch; and discover how the brain and the senses are connected. (9 activities)

    Grades: K-2
  • Explorations: Global Atmospheric Change

    Explorations: Global Atmospheric Change Reading

    Students learn about Earth's atmosphere and the greenhouse effect, identify where children live based on their clothing, make a sundial, and model Earth's atmosphere.

    Grades: K-2
  • Safe Food Preparation

    Safe Food Preparation Lesson

    Students learn about safe food preparation by making fruit ice cream in class.

  • Think Like an Engineer

    Think Like an Engineer Teacher Guide

    Students follow an engineer's approach as they identify problems, brainstorm solutions, design a plan, and build, test, refine, and produce a product or solution. (8 activities)

  • Memory and Learning

    Memory and Learning Teacher Guide

    Students discover how their brains store and retrieve information and, subsequently, how to be more effective learners. (7 activities)

  • STEM to the Rescue

    STEM to the Rescue Teacher Guide

    Baylor College of Medicine and Hess Corporation have teamed to offer a unique resource for teaching STEAM content to elementary and middle school students. The 2020 Hess Ambulance Rescue Team, used in combination with the free curricular guide STEM to the Rescue, provides a powerful STEAM learning experience that engages as it teaches. Fill out the short form at the bottom of this page to download your free teacher’s guide.

  • Invisible Threats

    Invisible Threats Teacher Guide

    How can we protect ourselves and animals from infectious diseases? Students explore the U.S. polio epidemic, different diseases and vaccinations used to fight them, the concept of herd immunity, EEHV that can kill baby Asian elephants, and the link between climate change and disease. (8 activities)


    HIV/AIDS Teacher Guide

    Students read essays, conduct activities, and use actual data from the CDC and other sources to learn about HIV/AIDS and the spread of disease. (5 activities, 5 essays)

  • COVID 19 Safety—We All Play a Part

    COVID 19 Safety—We All Play a Part Video

    Learn healthy tips to protect against COVID-19 infection from students at the Michael E. DeBakey High School for Health Professions, Houston Independent School District (HISD).

  • Sleep and Daily Rhythms

    Sleep and Daily Rhythms Teacher Guide

    Students explore the day/night cycle and seasonal cycles on Earth; create and use sundials; and investigate circadian rhythms, sleep patterns and factors affecting the quality of sleep. (8 activities)

  • Legacy of Lost Canyon

    Legacy of Lost Canyon Reading

    Adolescent friends investigate ancient cave ruins, and learn how and why drugs were used to create cave art.

  • Train Your Brain: The Neuroscience of Learned Behaviors

    Train Your Brain: The Neuroscience of Learned Behaviors Teacher Guide

    How do we learn new skills? Are there different types of memories? Students investigate behaviors that occur without conscious thought, as well as skills that can be acquired or improved. (11 activities)

  • Food and Fitness

    Food and Fitness Teacher Guide

    Students examine their individual energy and nutritional needs, learn about calories and true portion sizes, and use what they've learned to create special dietary needs menus. (7 activities)

  • Danger at Rocky River: A Memorable Misadventure

    Danger at Rocky River: A Memorable Misadventure Reading

    NeuroExplorer Max reveals that his grandfather has Alzheimer’s disease. When the club members arrive to visit, they learn Rocky River is rising—and Max’s grandfather is missing. Will they find Max’s Grandpa in time?

  • Library


    BioEd Online’s library contains student storybooks, magazines, supplemental teaching aids and materials, and other items integrated with lessons found on this website.

  • Introduction to Mendelian Genetics

    Introduction to Mendelian Genetics Presentation

    Mendel used experimental approaches to characterize a particulate model of inheritance. In doing so, he developed the three Laws of Inheritance. Examine how Mendel made his important discoveries.

  • Engineering: Using Newton's Laws of Motion

    Engineering: Using Newton's Laws of Motion Slide Set

    What are Newton’s three Laws of Motion, and how are they applied in order to create design and engineering solutions?

  • The Brain, Neurons and Brain Chemistry

    The Brain, Neurons and Brain Chemistry Lessons

    Students learn about the brain, neurons and chemical communication in the brain and nervous system, while building understanding of the powerful effects of drugs in the brain and body, and how our choices can affect brain function and performance.

  • Overview of the Endocrine System

    Overview of the Endocrine System Slide Set

    The endocrine system is comprised of ductless glands that produce messengers, called hormones, which regulate reproduction, development, metabolism and behavior. It interacts with the nervous system to control the activities of other organ systems.

  • Complex Traits

    Complex Traits Slide Set

    Students use the domestic dog as a model to learn about genetics, DNA, genetic testing, phenotypes, alleles, SNPs, and mutations related to desirable and/or harmful effects in certain dog breeds.

  • Allergies and Allergens

    Allergies and Allergens Teacher Guide

    The Allergy Busters Teacher’s Guide uses an integrated approach including survey techniques and graphing to help students learn about allergies and allergy-causing organisms. (8 activities)

  • Roller Coasters

    Roller Coasters Lesson

    Students build roller coasters from foam insulation tubing and use marbles as the roller coaster cars.

  • Static Electricity

    Static Electricity Presentation

    Electrify your science teaching! Static electricity is an electric charge on the surface of an object. Watch the sparks produced by a Van de Graaff generator, find out how lightning is created, and see how static charges attract and repel.

  • Viruses

    Viruses Slide Set

    Viruses have always lived among humans, and they killed many millions of people. As scientists discover the chemical rules by which each virus plays, they can begin to control how a virus affects us.

  • Genetics and Inheritance

    Genetics and Inheritance Lessons

    Patterns of inheritance, Mendelian genetics, variation of traits, pedigrees

  • The Global Carbon Cycle

    The Global Carbon Cycle Presentation

    Join Nancy Moreno, PhD, as she discusses Earth’s atmosphere, climate change, factors that influence the atmosphere, and other topics related to our planet’s carbon cycle. 

  • Measuring and Counting with a Light Microscope

    Measuring and Counting with a Light Microscope Slide Set

    Learn how to calibrate a light microscope for measurement, how to estimate field diameter, and how to count the number of objects in a single field.

  • The Cinnamon Challenge

    The Cinnamon Challenge Hot Topic

    The “Cinnamon Challenge” is a social phenomenon, spread largely through social media, which carries serious risks. Remarkably, people who participate in this “challenge” willingly accept entirely avoidable risk, even though there is no apparent benefit. The rise of the “Cinnamon Challenge” demonstrates how social media can quickly spread a cultural trend among teenagers, comedians, NBA players, and even politicians.

  • Bird Flu, Updated

    Bird Flu, Updated Hot Topic

    Bird flu is once again in the news. Cases of human infection with the H7N9 subtype of influenza A have been reported in China. This subtype of the virus already spreads more easily from birds to humans than H5N1 did, and there is concern that it might adapt to be sustainably transmitted from human to human. This, of course, is the recipe for a pandemic.

  • Japanese Earthquake and Tsunamis: Before and After

    Japanese Earthquake and Tsunamis: Before and After Hot Topic

    On March 11, 2011, a 9.0 magnitude earthquake struck northeastern Japan. The earthquake, aftershocks and related tsunamis devastated miles of the Japanese coastline.