Project NEURON


Status: Active (August 2009–June 2016)



Project NEURON (Novel Education for Understanding Research On Neuroscience) brings together scientists, science educators, teachers and students to develop and disseminate curriculum materials that connect frontier science with national and state science standards.

The wide-ranging research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign allows Project NEURON to link NIH-funded neuroscience research with educational research that examines how teachers and students learn. Project NEURON also helps teachers integrate the newly developed materials into existing state curriculum frameworks.

The goals of Project NEURON are to develop and disseminate curriculum modules for use in secondary science classrooms, improve instructional practices of secondary science teachers, and improve student engagement and learning of key science concepts.

In addition to developing free curriculum modules, the project has created an ongoing series of professional development opportunities for teachers and graduate students, and provided a dissemination mechanism for the modules, including a website and presentations at science and science education conferences and article submissions to peer-reviewed journals.

Outcomes and Opportunities

Over the course of seven years, Project NEURON has developed a plethora of resources and opportunities: nine free curriculum units for high school biology teachers; various educational videos, games, and simulations; teacher workshops at local and national conferences; and professional and scientific research articles. In addition, Project NEURON curriculum materials have also been adapted and extended in several other Impact on Science Education projects, including BrainCASE: The Golden Hour, Neuroscience Day, FIND Orphy, and Project Microbe.

Partners and Funding

Project NEURON is based at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The project was awarded funding through the Science Education Partnership Award of the National Institute of Health, Award Nos. R25RR024251 and R25OD011144.