University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Project NEURON
Novel Education for Understanding Research on Neuroscience

Project NEURON was an active NIH-SEPA project from 2009-2015. Although the project is no longer active, this web site is maintained to provide access to resources. For more information on related projects, please visit Impact on Science Education or e-mail us directly at

Project NEURON's core mission is to develop middle and high school science curriculum materials that emphasize inquiry and active learning. Our units address science education standards, including the Next Generation Science Standards, within the context of biology research performed on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus.

These materials are designed in an iterative process, tested by a dedicated group of teachers, and aligned to current science research. We provide professional development opportunities and have a list of publications and workshops to disseminate our materials and support science teacher education.

Please note that we are continuously improving this website and the materials hosted here, so please let us know if you have questions! We also love to hear suggested improvements or adaptations from teachers who have used our materials!

*NGSS postersBecause of high demand from teachers, we're providing a set of three posters that highlight the three NGSS strands: Science and Engineering Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and the Disciplinary Core Ideas. Print and laminate the posters...take a photo of them in your classroom and send it to us!

News and Events

April 20, 2016

We had a great time this year at NARST, seeing old friends, making new connections, and engaging in a lot of interesting conversations! Thanks to everyone who came by to see our posters. Our posters are now online, which you can access at the links below:

March 7, 2016

Thanks to everyone who attended our workshops this year at the National Science Teachers Association conference! Our session materials are now available online.

January 19, 2016

Thank you for meeting us at the National Association for Biology Teachers conference in Providence, Rhode Island! Below are links for the extended reading summaries and presentation materials for our presentations and workshops, in case you missed us. See you next time!