The expression "hands-on, minds-on" summarizes the philosophy we have incorporated in these activities -- namely, that students will learn best if they are actively engaged and if their activities are closely linked to understanding important biological concepts. For example, it is helpful to use hands-on models to engage student interest and foster multiple modality learning, but it is crucial to closely link the modeling activity to student understanding of the actual biological processes.
Some of our activities are explicitly aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards, as indicated by (NGSS) in the descriptions and described in the Teacher Preparation Notes for these activities.
We encourage you to use our Word files to modify the Student Handouts to optimize learning for your students. For example, you may want to incorporate some of the suggestions from the Teacher Preparation Notes. The Teacher Preparation Notes for each activity provide learning goals, recommended prior knowledge, suggestions for implementation including supplies needed, relevant biological information, and suggestions for follow-up or related activities. To accommodate limited budgets, most of our activities can be carried out with minimum equipment and expense for supplies.