University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Project NEURON
Novel Education for Understanding Research on Neuroscience

Project NEURON develops curriculum materials for middle and high school teachers to use in their science classrooms. Each unit addresses various science education standards, including the Next Generation Science Standards, within the context of neuroscience topics and research performed on the University of Illinois campus.

All of our completed materials, which have been classroom-tested and revised, are available on this website to teachers and educators for free. For teachers who wish to engage with our materials hands-on, we also provide professional development opportunities through local workshops and national teaching conferences such as NSTA.

Our materials have been adapted and expanded to be used with younger grades, outreach, and informal education. To learn more about our collaborative projects, please visit the Additional Projects page.

Please note that we are continuously improving this website and the materials hosted here. We work hard to create quality materials, but if you notice any inconsistancies, missing materials, etc., please let us know! We also love to hear suggested improvements or adaptations from teachers who have used our materials!

News and Events

April 25, 2014

Participants may access workshop materials at

February 4, 2014

If you missed one of our workshops or would like access to the materials from our presentations, use the links below:


December 5, 2013

Kristen Talbot and Barbara Hug examine how our unit on circadian rhythms (sleep-wake cycles) connect to the Next Generation Science Standards.