to PULSE, an interdisciplinary curriculum for high schools
based on environmental health
science and biomedical research
nine PULSE units identify connections between human
health and the health of the environment.
These topics are taught in:
arts, and mathematics.
health and biomedical issues hit the newsstands everyday.
Through PULSE lessons students are motivated
by to recognize that these subjects are relevant to them.
goal of PULSE is to improve life science literacy
and disseminating a project that gives K-12 students
and teachers and the general public a better understanding
of life sciences”.
units are organized around a major project, which demonstrates
student learning and promote students’ exploration
of the relevance of the material in their communities.
emphasizes finding answers through scientific processes,
library research, the Internet, and interviews
school teachers developed the lessons, working
in interdisciplinary teams with University of Arizona
scientists and SWEHSC
Community Outreach and Education Program (COEP) staff. This process assures the
lessons are driven by national education standards
and meet the needs of today’s teachers.
draws upon the
design methods of Understanding
by Design (1998,
Wiggins and McTighe). National standards in the four
of science, social studies, language arts and math
play a central role in the lessons.
We hope you will find a curriculum on these pages
that you and your students will enjoy
using. We welcome your feedback
so that we may improve learning for
PULSE curriculum was developed with support from
the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR)
through a Science
Education Partnership Award (SEPA). NCRR is one of the
institutes of the National Institutes of
bring together biomedical and behavioral researchers,
educators, community groups, and other interested
organizations in partnerships to create and disseminate
programs that give K-12 students and teachers and
the general public a better understanding of life
of the Southwest
Environmental Health Sciences Center study how environmental factors affect human
disease and illness, and make major contributions
to science education by passing on their knowledge
and demonstrating the excitement of carrying out
health-related research. You and your students
may learn more about these researchers in the Scientist
Profiles section of the website.