Science modules

The ASSET program develops, tests, evaluates and disseminates a collection of self-contained biology teaching modules for use in high school, middle school, and elementary school classrooms, all built around a safe, easy to grow protozoan, Tetrahymena thermophila. Each module is designed to stimulate critical thinking and to foster a fundamental understanding of key biological concepts, using a hands-on, inquiry-based approach.

We have also have a new program to help motivated students carry out teacher-supervised original independent science research projects in theirĀ  schools.

We provide all the materials necessary to use the modules in the classroom, including maintaining an equipment lending library to ensure that all schools can benfit from our program.

The following modules are available for use:

Elementary School

Chemotaxis
Effects of Cigarette Smoke and Alcohol
Microscopic Life Around Us
Phagocytosis

Middle School

Chemotaxis
Effects of Cigarette Smoke and Alcohol
Field Research
Growth and Population Dynamics
Microscopic Life Around Us
Osmolarity
Phagocytosis

High School

Cannibalism and Interspecific Predation
Chemotaxis
Cilia: Growth and Regeneration
Effects of Cigarette Smoke and Alcohol
Exocytosis and Secretion
Field Research
Growth and Population Dynamics
Mating
Microevolution
Microscopic Life Around Us
Mutation
Osmolarity
Pattern Formation
Phagocytosis
Toxicology

See also our glossary for the terms used in the modules.