Rx for Science Literacy


Rx for Science Literacy: The What, Where, How and Why of Health Science Research


The Rx for Science Literacy curriculum manual is designed for use by K–12 teachers in science and other subjects.


North Carolina State-Endorsed - created by the North Carolina Association for Biomedical Research http://www.ncabr.org

Rx for Science Literacy is mandated by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction as a primary curriculum resource for the statewide Biomedical Technology I high school course. It’s filled with background info, handouts, lesson plans and activities on many topics, including the process, benefits and ethical considerations of biomedical research; the care and use of animals in medical science; and life science careers. Click here for the table of contents.


New Content

Rx for Science Literacy has been updated and expanded continuously since 1994. The most recent version was published in 2013 and includes three new chapters on topics critical to biomedical research in North Carolina: nanobiotechnology, regenerative medicine and vaccines. These chapters were made possible by funding from the North Carolina Biotechnology Center and are available for free download:

Nanobiotechnology chapter

Regenerative Medicine chapter

Vaccines chapter


The rest of the manual also has been updated to reflect the most up-to-date facts and figures.


Not Only for Science Teachers

Rx for Science Literacy includes a curriculum crosswalk for science, English, social studies and technology teachers that shows many of its possible connections to the North Carolina standards across many curricula areas. The crosswalk includes connections to the Next Generation Science Standards.


The manual also includes a reading guide that provides activities for using the reference materials in the manual as a way of integrating Common Core reading standards into the science classroom.


Easy-to-Use - Rx for Science Literacy is bound in a three-ring binder, with pages designed specifically for photocopying.


Adapted for Specific Grade Levels

While the content in each Rx for Science Literacy manual is exactly the same, we now offer four different sets of color-coded, tabbed inserts. These tabs mark the start of each chapter and allow teachers to see at a glance which chapters are applicable to the grades they teach.


The four different sets of tabs correspond to:

Grades K–5

Grades 6–8

Grades 9–12

Career and Technical Education (CTE)


See the website for more information and to download: http://www.ncabr.org/k12/curricula/