Biology in a Box
A Science Education Outreach Project
Biology in a Box is a fun and challenging way for entire schools to enhance their life sciences curriculum at all grade levels, and to encourage student interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) disciplines. The program employs a hands-on, inquiry-based approach to teach the wonders of the living world, as well as introducing the scientific methods and math skills we use to understand that world.
Each thematic unit in a set has exercises that are designed to enrich science curriculum content for students from the elementary grades through high school. The goal of each unit is to pique the interest of even low-ability students on a particular biological theme. The more advanced activities in a thematic unit, furthermore, have been designed as curriculum enrichment for very bright students who need a challenge.
The Biology in a Box program is especially valuable to teachers in schools that have limited resources for extra materials. The materials needed for completion of the exercises, presented in each thematic trunk, are totally reusable and are generally not commercially available. It is also an excellent program for schools with a limited science faculty, since no prior knowledge of the subject matter is needed for a teacher to explore a box theme with his or her students.
Though the majority of the school systems currently provided with Biology in a Box units are in the state of Tennessee, our current partnership with NIMBioS has allowed us the opportunity to expand our material offerings and audience. The content of our exercises, materials lists, etc. can be found on this website, allowing the ideas and concepts covered by our units to also be accessed by a global audience.
Above: UTK Chancellor Jimmy Cheek, Tennessee Higher Education Commision Executive Director Dr. Richard Rhoda, and UTK Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences Teresa Lee "dig in" to Biology in a Box's unit on Fossils with Dr. Susan Riechert, Program Director (second from left).
- Howard Hughes Foundation
- JR Cox Fund
- Dwight D. Eisenhower Fund
- Improving Teacher Quality Fund
- National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS)
- National Science Foundation Behavior Program RET
- West Knoxville Sertoma Club
Dr. Susan Riechert
Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
569 Dabney Hall
1416 Circle Drive
University of Tennessee