Our lab is developing resources and outreach projects geared toward local schools and educators.

  • Pre-primary lesson: Living things. Lesson plan in progress.

  • 5th grade lesson: As the Worm Squirms (worm classification). Click to download: lesson plan; worksheet; pdf of worm images.

  • 7th grade lesson: Life’s Little Complexities (planarian regeneration and biological hierarchies). Click to download: lesson plan.

We support several STEM groups on campus and in the greater Athens area. A partial list includes: SciREN; Science Olympiad (specifically NE GA SciOly and SciOly Outreach at UGA); Women in Science (WiSci) at UGA.

2019: Jennifer and Rachel developed lesson plans for 5th and 7th grade classes (see above for materials). The 5th grade lesson is about classifying worms and the 7th grade lesson is more planarian-focused and addresses biological hierarchies (cell/tissue/organ). These lesson plans address GA Standards of Excellence.

2019: Jennifer and Rachel developed lesson plans for 5th and 7th grade classes (see above for materials). The 5th grade lesson is about classifying worms and the 7th grade lesson is more planarian-focused and addresses biological hierarchies (cell/tissue/organ). These lesson plans address GA Standards of Excellence.

2019: We are available to come to your classroom to talk about a variety of topics. Here, Rachel is helping a primary classroom (3 year olds) learn about living things and non-living things.

2019: We are available to come to your classroom to talk about a variety of topics. Here, Rachel is helping a primary classroom (3 year olds) learn about living things and non-living things.

There are lots of other resources for folks interested in planarians and regeneration. Here are good places to start:
Cutting Class (Sánchez Alvarado lab, educational resources)
Digiworm and Radiant (Reddien lab, searchable single cell sequencing data)
HHMI Interactive on Planarian Regeneration (with lots of great videos)
iBiology videos here, here, and here (Sánchez Alvarado and Reddien)
Planarian Cell Atlas (Rajewsky lab, searchable single cell sequencing data)
PlanMine (Rink lab, genomic and transcriptomic resources for a variety of flatworms)
Schmidtea mediterranea genome database (Sánchez Alvarado lab)