BioCONECT Curriculum Supplement
(Biology of Cancer, ONline Education Connecting Teens)
Grades 9-12

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?

BioCONECT has become Decoding Cancer featuring BioCONECT!

The BioCONECT curriculum was developed by Rutgers Cancer Institute 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.

The BioCONECT curriculum has been reimagined as Decoding Cancer featuring BioCONECT, in partnership with Discovery Education and the Val Skinner Foundation, the leading provider of digital content for K-12. The still free, standards-aligned lessons are now formatted as digital classroom-ready presentations with educator companion guides, accompanied by exciting new resources to explore with students.

Decoding Cancer provides support for families touched by cancer with an all-new family discussion guide, career profiles in the health and biomedical fields, and a glossary for better lesson comprehension. All of this is available now at!

All lessons are aligned to Next Generation Science Standards and are designed for 45-minute class periods.

  • What is Cancer?
  • Getting the Results
  • Cancer Genetics
  • Pathology & Treatment
  • The Biggest Risk Reducer

Check out the launch of the Decoding Cancer Virtual Lab, where students will guide patients through an array of digital tests and clinical examinations to collect critical information and recommend the best course of treatment.

Upcoming Trainings

Decoding Cancer Teacher Workshop to be Rescheduled

Rutgers University announced this week the suspension of campus events through the Fall 2020 semester.  To ensure we limit opportunities for spread of the coronavirus, we regretfully have to cancel the in-person teacher training scheduled October 1, 2020 for Decoding Cancer. Details on a new training date will be forthcoming.

If you have further questions about University updates in regards to COVID-19 and the fall opening plan, please see the University wide website:  

For more information: Download the flyer or email

Cost: Offered at $100/participant.
Teachers learn curriculum integration methods, obtain professional development hours and receive kit for implementing in classroom.
*Special pricing available for Title I schools.


Interested in hosting a workshop at your school? Contact the BioCONECT Staff at 732-235-4160.

Contact Information:

Rutgers Cancer Institute
120 Albany Street, Tower Two, 6th Floor, 6012G
New Brunswick, NJ  08901
phone: 732-235-4160