University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Project NEURON
Novel Education for Understanding Research on Neuroscience

Project NEURON's core mission is to develop middle and high school science curriculum materials that emphasize inquiry and active learning. Our units address science education standards, including the Next Generation Science Standards, within the context of biology research performed on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus.

These materials are designed in an iterative process, tested by a dedicated group of teachers, and aligned to current science research. We provide professional development opportunities and have a list of publications and workshops to disseminate our materials and support science teacher education.

Please note that we are continuously improving this website and the materials hosted here, so please let us know if you have questions! We also love to hear suggested improvements or adaptations from teachers who have used our materials!

*NGSS postersBecause of high demand from teachers, we're providing a set of three posters that highlight the three NGSS strands: Science and Engineering Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and the Disciplinary Core Ideas. Print and laminate the posters...take a photo of them in your classroom and send it to us!

News and Events

January 19, 2016

Thank you for meeting us at the National Association for Biology Teachers conference in Providence, Rhode Island! Below are links for the extended reading summaries and presentation materials for our presentations and workshops, in case you missed us. See you next time!

December 4, 2015

A teacher recently shared with us how she integrated the Planarian Observation activity from Lesson 2 of What can I learn from worms? Regeneration, stem cells, and models into her biology classes.

October 15, 2015

If you are planning to attend the 2015 National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT) Professional Development Conference, stop by to see our sessions!