Welcome to ASSET!

Interested in using Tetrahymena in your science teaching? Take a look at our teaching modules, browse our resources, including multimedia presentations, videos, how-to information, useful links, media recipes, and much more.

Short on supplies or equipment? Thanks to an NIH SEPA grant, we can loan materials and equipment needed for our modules at no cost!

Looking for materials to help your students address the critical interface between science and society and the role of scientific change throughout history? We have modules for that as well.

Have a question or unable to find what you want? Contact us – we are happy to help.

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ASSET provides easy-to-use science modules designed for elementary school students to engage your students in hands-on science activities using safe, easy to grow live protozoa!

ASSET Science and Society modules will help you integrate science and social studies by demonstrating the connection between science, culture, and society now and throughout history.

Elementary level modules include a comprehensive teacher guide and detailed student activity sheet. All materials needed to carry out the activity are provided free of charge.

Middle school teachers

ASSET science modules for middle school students use innovative approaches featuring live cells to introduce an array of biological concepts.

Extraction of cigarette smokeASSET’s inquiry driven modules provide opportunities for students to explore questions ranging from the effects of smoke and alcohol on ciliary movement to the effects of food resources on growth and population to how cells respond to changes in their environment, and much more.

ASSET modules actively engage students in interactive, hands-on science experiments. All modules include a comprehensive teacher guide and detailed student protocol sheet. All materials needed to carry out the activity are provided free of charge.

ASSET Science and Society modules will help introduce your students to the impact of science on society, and the ways that culture and society influence science, now and throughout history.

High school teachers

students_at_microscopeIn addition to many high school level modules addressing a variety of biological concepts, ASSET has a new program designed to encourage motivated students to carry out independent research projects featuring the protozoan Tetrahymena as a model research organism.

Class use of standard ASSET high school modules can serve as an introduction to Tetrahymena as a research organism for exploring wide array of biological phenomena. Highly motivated students have an opportunity to subsequently engage in a teacher supervised independent research project using Tetrahymena as a research organism.

To provide classroom research opportunities for students at under-resourced schools, ASSET will supply the loan of needed materials and equipment free of charge.

ASSET is also interested in fostering independent student inquiry on topics related to science and society, now and throughout history. Teachers can utilize existing ASSET Science and Society modules available on our website to introduce their students to the fundamental inter-relationship between science and society. Students interested in issues at the interface of science and society are encouraged to carry out an independent research project, supported by teachers with expertise in any related discipline, including science, social studies and history, or by a collaborative effort involving teachers in different disciplines.


ASSET has received a new 5-year NIH SEPA grant! We hope you will join us as we expand the ASSET program in exciting new directions. Here are some of the opportunities ASSET will offer.

Science modules for elementary and middle school students. We expanding our materials for middle and elementary level students, using previously tested modules as a starting point. We are excited at the opportunity to work with middle and elementary school teachers and students to develop innovative activities that use a hands-on, inquiry-based approach to introduce younger students to the wonders of biology using living protozoa.

Classroom research opportunities for high school students using Tetrahymena. Every so often something in class will catch a student’s interest and imagination. We intend to help capture that moment by making it possible for motivated students to follow up on an idea that interests them. Using our existing high school modules as an introduction to the use of Tetrahymena to explore biological phenomena, we will provide the opportunity for expanded independent investigation among a limited number of interested, motivated students, either individually or as part of a research class. We are especially interested in providing opportunities for independent inquiry to students at under-resourced schools. The student-designed projects will be teacher supervised, with support from the ASSET program.

Materials addressing the interaction of science and society for all grade levels. Science and society are inextricably interwoven. We are developing grade appropriate cross-curricula activities engaging students at all levels in a dynamic consideration of the inter-relatedness of science and society. The ASSET modules integrating science and society will provide well-researched and documented material suitable for use in both science and social studies curricula, addressing fundamental scientific issues with a direct relationship to life outside the classroom.

Distance workshops. To facilitate maximum use of ASSET materials at all grade levels, we are going to provide short, interactive distance workshops at local schools featuring hands-on training on the general use of Tetrahymena in the classroom, and targeting the specific use of one or two modules of choice. Our goal is to provide easily accessible training and professional development involving the use of ASSET materials to as many teachers as possible. We’ll provide the materials and live interactive instruction, just as in an on-campus workshop, but without the need to commit large blocks of time or money to travel to Cornell. We’ll be looking for teachers willing to work with us to help organize these small mini-workshops for a few local colleagues (and earn a bit of money in the process).

ASSET on social media. To help keep us in touch with teachers and to develop a sharing community of ASSET users, this summer we will be setting up Facebook and Twitter accounts for the ASSET program, and renovating our Teacher Talk blog. Details will be posted soon.

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