Professional Development Workshops Rx for Science Literacy


With today’s rapidly changing workplace, emerging technologies and new scientific issues, K–12 educators are challenged to prepare themselves and their students for the future.

Since 1994, NCABR’s Rx for Science Literacy workshops have helped more than 4,200 educators from 95 of North Carolina’s 100 counties do just that.

At the workshops, educators tour a research facility, hear from scientists about their latest research advances and take home a free curriculum and other bioscience education materials.

Each workshop is completely free to attend. You may attend as many workshops as you like.

The Rx for Science Literacy series is open to all K–12 science teachers and administrators in North Carolina as well as preservice teachers actively pursuing a degree in education.

Using Bioinformatics: Genetic Testing

Thursday, November 2, 2017
Duke University, Durham, NC
8:00 am – 4:00 pm


Rx for Science Literacy is partnering with Duke University to present a one-day workshop featuring the curriculum Using Bioinformatics: Genetic Testing, which was developed by the Northwest Association for Biomedical Research. The curriculum explores how bioinformatics is applied to genetic testing. Specifically, the bioinformatics tools of BLAST and Cn3D are used to investigate the genetic and molecular consequences of a mutation to the Breast Cancer Susceptibility 1 (BRCA1) gene.

Participants will be introduced to principles-based bioethics in order to support their thoughtful consideration of the many social and ethical implications of genetic testing. Throughout the unit, participants are presented with a number of career options in which the tools of bioinformatics are used.

This curriculum is geared for middle and high school teachers.

Exploring Bioethics

Tuesday, October 3, 2017
Duke University, Durham, NC
8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Rx for Science Literacy is partnering with Duke University to present Exploring Bioethics. This one-day workshop is based on a NIH curriculum that gives students an opportunity to grapple with some of the most challenging and engaging ethical issues our society is facing as a result of advances in the life sciences.

The Rx for Science Literacy workshop series provides K-12 educators a unique opportunity to tour research facilities, hear from scientists about their latest research advances and take a home a free curriculum and other bioscience education materials.

FoodMASTER Middle Science

Thursday, August 3, 2017
Novozymes North America, Franklinton, NC
8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Rx for Science Literacy is partnering with Novozymes North America to present a one-day workshop featuring FoodMASTER Middle Science, an NIH SEPA-funded resource for middle grade science classrooms.

FoodMASTER is a 10-unit curriculum resource that uses food as a tool to teach hands-on, minds-on science to 7th- and 8th-grade students. Workshop participants will experience the FoodMASTER approach while completing scientific inquiry learning labs and exploring ways to incorporate FoodMASTER materials into the middle grades science classroom.

The classroom-tested curriculum resource features 24 hands-on laboratory experiences and 12 health-focused extension activities. Each chapter provides users with hands-on, application-based activities, detailed procedures, science concepts to be emphasized, materials needed, critical thinking exercises and background knowledge with instructions for educators. Lab experiences and extension activities were designed to be implemented in any classroom environment without the need for specific laboratory space.

Each lesson is aligned with the North Carolina Essential Science Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards.

Workshop participants will receive online access to all resource materials, including supplemental instructional videos.

This workshop is open only to North Carolina middle school science teachers.


The Importance of Vaccines: Research Tells the Story

Thursday, July 13, 2017
Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem
8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Rx for Science Literacy is partnering with the Wake Forest School of Medicine’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI), Center for Vaccines at the Extremes of Aging (CVEA) and Northwest Area Health Education Center (NWAHEC) to present The Importance of Vaccines: Research Tells the Story, a one-day workshop that will be held at the Biotech Place in Winston-Salem.

This workshop will feature an overview of NCABR’s vaccine curriculum plus updates from biomedical scientists about the real-world applications of vaccine research underway at the Wake Forest School of Medicine.

In this engaging and informative workshop, participants will learn about the critical role that vaccines play in protecting the health and well-being of North Carolinians and citizens across the globe. Participants also will learn about current research and issues that impact vaccine development and distribution.

  • Vaccine fundamentals: what they are, what they do and why they are so important
  • Vaccine facts vs. fiction
  • Vaccine research highlights from the Wake Forest School of Medicine, including new technologies in vaccine development

Participants will receive a free copy of NCABR’s highly acclaimed Rx for Science Literacy curriculum manual, which contains the featured vaccine curriculum.

This workshop is most applicable to high school teachers and those teaching advanced middle school students.

Presented by the North Carolina Association for Biomedical Research
in partnership with


Incentives for Attending
  • 1 unit of certification renewal credit for North Carolina-certified educators (4 hours of additional work required)

  • Free supplemental curriculum and other education materials to use in the classroom

  • Free lunch

  • Substitute teacher support (up to $80)

Cancellation Policy

If you need to cancel your registration, you must notify Virginia Crisp at the email address below at least 24 hours before the start of the workshop.

Failure to cancel in accordance with this policy will result in a $50 charge to your school/employer.


Email Virginia Crisp, at