Project Details


This project is designed to increase scientific and technical knowledge
about biological and psychological sciences among precollege youth. The
project focuses on youth in the city of Camden, New Jersey, which is an
impoverished, urban region with a predominantly minority population. It is
also a center for many institutions with health-related missions. A
primary goal of the project is to encourage students in middle school and
high school to consider careers in health-related sciences. To accomplish
this goal, the project will pursue a 3-pronged attack, consisting of 1)
conducting a summer training institute on the brain and psychological
sciences for high school students, 2) providing research laboratory
experiences for teams of students and teachers, especially those from the
Camden Medical Arts High School, and 3) developing curriculum materials on
the brain and behavior that can be used to supplement instruction in
science classes throughout the city. The summer training institute will
combine lectures with "hands-on" experience in using computers and doing
cognitive and live animal research; the training will also conduct field
trips to local health-related institutions. To provide direct experience in
laboratory research, teams consisting of one teacher and 2-3 students will
do a summer research project in the lab of a Rutgers faculty member; these
research projects will be followed up during the year and presented at a
state conference. To develop. curricular materials, teachers from the
SPARC program will work with project staff to bring information about the
brain and psychological sciences into the precollege curriculum.
Effective start/end date9/30/948/31/98


  • National Institute on Drug Abuse
  • National Institute on Drug Abuse
  • National Institute on Drug Abuse


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