BioCONECT Curriculum Supplement
(Biology of Cancer, ONline Education Connecting Teens)
Grades 9-12

What is cancer? How does cancer develop?
How do they test genes? How is breast cancer diagnosed and treated?
What can I do to reduce my risk?

What is BioCONECT (Biology and Cancer Online Education Connecting Teens)?

The BioCONECT curriculum was developed by Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey in collaboration with the Center for School and Community-Based Research and Education, Rutgers School of Public Health. 

Funding for curriculum development provided by the Val Skinner Foundation and Renee Shatz Amdur Memorial Fund.

Curriculum dissemination is primarily supported by the Val Skinner Foundation with special funding from Atlantic City Electric for South Jersey trainings.

An integrated curriculum supplement that enhances learning by encouraging students to transfer their knowledge of biology and genetics to real-life situations using breast cancer as the context. The overall goal of the curriculum is to improve science skills and increase awareness of breast cancer among high school students.  Students, through the process of scientific inquiry, develop problem-solving and decision making skills, apply their knowledge of the structure and functions of organisms, expand their understanding of genetics and explore interrelationships between science and technology.  Using breast cancer as the context, students also learn how cancer develops, identify risk factors for cancer and investigate ways to reduce cancer risk.

The nine-lesson curriculum supplement uses an interactive website which enables students and teachers to communicate with fictional twins whose mother has been diagnosed with breast cancer.  Via the twin’s website, students help the twins work through the associated scientific and psychological issues over time.  By answering the twin's questions, such as "why does mom need so many tests?" and "what does a gene have to do with cancer?," students broaden their knowledge of biology, genetics and cancer.

The curriculum addresses the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards and the National Science Education Standards; all lessons are aligned to Next Generation Science Standards and are designed for 45-minute class periods.

  • What is Cancer?
  • Getting the Results
  • Cancer Genetics
  • Pathology & Treatment
  • The Biggest Risk Reducer

Check out the launch of the Decoding Cancer Virtual Lab, where students will guide patients through an array of digital tests and clinical examinations to collect critical information and recommend the best course of treatment.

Upcoming Trainings

Monday, June 4, 2018

Time: 8:30am - 3:30pm
Location: Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ
For more information: Click here to download the flyer
To Register: Click here to register online

Cost: Offered at $200/participant.
Teachers learn curriculum integration methods, obtain professional development hours and receive kit for implementing in classroom.
*Special pricing available for Title I schools.


Interested in hosting a workshop at your school? Email

Contact Information:

Rutgers School of Public Health
683 Hoes Lane West, 3rd Floor
Piscataway, NJ  08854
phone: 732-235-4160


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