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 also have a new program to help motivated students carry out teacher-supervised original independent science research projects in their 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 benefit from our program.
The following modules are available for use:
Cannibalism and Interspecific Predation
Cilia: Growth and Regeneration
Effects of Cigarette Smoke and Alcohol
Exocytosis and Secretion
Growth and Population Dynamics
Microscopic Life Around Us
See also our glossary for the terms used in the modules.