Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey
195 Little Albany Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08903-2681
What is cancer? How does cancer develop?
How do they test genes? How is breast cancer diagnosed and treated?
What can I do to reduce my risk?
The BioCONECT curriculum was developed by Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey in collaboration with the Center for School and Community-Based Research and Education, Rutgers School of Public Health.
Funding for curriculum development provided by the Val Skinner Foundation and Renee Shatz Amdur Memorial Fund.
Curriculum dissemination is primarily supported by the Val Skinner Foundation with special funding from Atlantic City Electric for South Jersey trainings.
An integrated curriculum supplement that enhances learning by encouraging students to transfer their knowledge of biology and genetics to real-life situations using breast cancer as the context. The overall goal of the curriculum is to improve science skills and increase awareness of breast cancer among high school students. Students, through the process of scientific inquiry, develop problem-solving and decision making skills, apply their knowledge of the structure and functions of organisms, expand their understanding of genetics and explore interrelationships between science and technology. Using breast cancer as the context, students also learn how cancer develops, identify risk factors for cancer and investigate ways to reduce cancer risk.
The nine-lesson curriculum supplement uses an interactive website which enables students and teachers to communicate with fictional twins whose mother has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Via the twin’s website, students help the twins work through the associated scientific and psychological issues over time. By answering the twin's questions, such as "why does mom need so many tests?" and "what does a gene have to do with cancer?," students broaden their knowledge of biology, genetics and cancer.
The curriculum addresses the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards and the National Science Education Standards; and can easily integrate into the Next Generation Science Standards.
Cost to Teachers:
Offered free of charge to teachers.
Curriculum binder and kit (valued at $300, including gel electrophoresis equipment)
Participants must attend the entire workshop to get the FREE curriculum kit.
Interested in hosting a workshop at your school? Contact the BioCONECT Staff at 732-235-4160.
Center for School and Community-Based Education and Research
Rutgers School of Public Health
335 George St., Suite 2200 (Liberty Plaza)
New Brunswick, NJ 08903