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 4,100 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.

The What, Where, How and Why of Health Science Research

  • August 12, 2014
  • Duke University, Durham
  • 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

An introductory workshop based on NCABR's comprehensive Rx for Science Literacy curriculum manual, which provides an overview of the biomedical research process.

The manual was updated and expanded in 2013. The new version includes chapters on nanobiotechnology, regenerative medicine and vaccines and has been repackaged for easier use across all grade levels (elementary school, middle school, high school, CTE). It is accompanied by several new resources, including a curriculum crosswalk that shows connections to North Carolina standards across many curricula areas, including the Next Generation Science Standards; and a reading guide related to the Common Core standards.

Creating an Appetite for Science: Integrating Food and Nutrition Science into the Science Classroom with FoodMASTERNew Topic

  • Friday, November 21, 2014
  • Discovery Place, Charlotte
  • 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Rx for Science Literacy has partnered with FoodMASTER, an NIH SEPA-funded resource for middle grade science classrooms. FoodMASTER Middle Science is a 10-unit resource using food as a tool to teach hands-on, minds on science to 7th- and 8th-grade students. 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 resource features 25 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 so teachers in any classroom environment can implement them 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 a copy of the teacher's manual, a supply starter kit and online access to all resource materials, including supplemental instructional videos.

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

The workshop is co-sponsored by Carolinas HealthCare System.

Evolution & Medicine

  • March 12, 2015
  • Duke University, Durham
  • 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

This workshop is based on a curriculum that allows students to explore evolutionary principles and learn how evolution informs human health, biomedical problems and disease treatment.


More Workshops to be Announced Soon!

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 $70)
Cancellation Policy

If you need to cancel your registration, you must notify Connie McElroy-Bacon at the email address below at least 1 week 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 Connie McElroy-Bacon, at