Lesson: TSI: Teen Science Investigations

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Dear Teacher: The latest Heads Up installment highlights addiction science research that may help students think differently about the lasting effects of abusing methamphetamine and smoking cigarettes, and about who can conduct research.The student article focuses on two unusual research projects conducted by three teens, all honored with a 2009 Intel ISEF Addiction Science Award. The student worksheet profiles the research of a scientist who used functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) to scan the brains of adults and adolescents to better understand why adolescents make risky decisions. These accounts illustrate how scientists—whether teens or trained professionals—use the scientific method to answer questions about drug abuse. We hope that by sharing these materials with your students, you will encourage them to do the same. Nora D. Volkow, M.D. Director, National Institute on Drug Abuse

Download the lesson plan and worksheet (PDF) that accompany the student article TSI: Teen Science Investigations” (PDF).