Diabetes Education Curriculum Grades K–12

  • Curriculum to improve understanding about the biology underlying type 2 diabetes 
  • Inquiry-based units for grades K–12 science or health classes 
  • Funding source: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

BSCS is developing seven inquiry-based curriculum units for use in grades K–12 science or health classes. The curriculum, funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), will focus on improving understanding about the biology underlying type 2 diabetes and how individuals can make decisions that affect their health. Each unit will include hands-on and web-based activities. A video will feature interviews with leading scientists and health professionals whose work focuses on type 2 diabetes. The curriculum materials will target Latino and African-American audiences, which are populations that have a higher-than-average incidence of type 2 diabetes. A separate component of the project includes the development of materials for parents and community members to raise awareness of type 2 diabetes.

The advisory board for the project includes scientists and clinicians from leading institutions including Harvard University, the Texas Diabetes Institute, and Howard University Hospital. Canyon Ranch Institute, a nonprofit organization led by the 17th U.S. Surgeon General Richard H. Carmona, will collaborate on the project, focusing on improving community engagement around type 2 diabetes prevention and management. Red Hill Studios of San Rafael, California will develop the multimedia components of the project.

For more information, contact BSCS Science Educator Anne Westbrook.