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NIGMS Offers Free Virtual Learning, Training Resources for All Levels

With everyone at home, keeping the kids busy, entertained and focused on school is challenging, especially when parents are also teleworking. Through a range of free and engaging virtual science presentations that align with the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) and/or English Language Arts (ELA) education standards, NIGMS has the following resources (at to help:  

  • The Science Education and Partnership Award (SEPA) teaching resources feature easy-to-access STEM and informal science education projects for pre-K through grade 12. The program has tools such as: apps, interactives, online books, curricula, lesson plans and short movies. Students can learn about sleep, cells, growth, microbes, a healthy lifestyle, genetics and many other subjects.
  • Pathways, a collaboration between NIGMS and Scholastic, includes student magazines with corresponding teaching guides, related lessons with interactives, videos and vocabulary lists. Available lessons cover basic science careers, regeneration and circadian rhythms.
  • NIGMS’s Science Education page hosts a wide range of additional articles, fact sheets, images, videos and blog posts on basic science topics and science careers.
  • NIGMS also offers a variety of free virtual resources ( for scientists at all levels. The Clearinghouse for Training Modules to Enhance Data Reproducibility provides a range of training modules, workshops and online courses aimed at enhancing rigor and reproducibility in research. iBiology houses a collection of high-quality videos of scientists talking about their research, career paths and related topics. Complete courses are also available on experimental design, microscopy and image analysis, to name a few.  
  • Last, but not least, the National Research NSMentoring Network is a platform designed to help undergraduates, graduate students and postdocs connect professionally through online mentoring and networking activities. All of these resources apply to levels ranging from community college students to faculty.

Let NIGMS know how you’re using their virtual learning resources with the hashtag #NIGMSVirtualLearning.

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