Lesson: Teen Science-Investigators

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Dear Teacher: Every day around the world, scientists are working hard to find answers to unsolved questions. Their discoveries and research provide inspiring examples of the power of science to change the world. But when the scientists turn out to be teens, there’s even more reason to take notice. This latest installment in the Heads Up series offers a very special look at three teens whose remarkable research will continue to shape our knowledge about drug abuse and addiction. As winners of the first-ever NIDA-Scholastic Addiction Science Awards, our “Teen Science-Investigators”—Kapil Ramachandran, Ethan Guinn, and Shelby Raye—have shown the world what can be achieved by asking questions and by finding answers through the study of science. We hope you will share this article with your students to encourage them to consider and share questions that are intriguing to them, and to recognize the power of science to provide answers. Sincerely,
Nora D. Volkow, M.D.
Director,
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

Download the lesson plan and worksheet (PDF) that accompany the student article Teen Science-Investigators” (PDF).