Model Stem Cell Curriculum

Welcome to CIRM’s Model Stem Cell Curriculum. This curriculum is referred to in Senate Bill 471 (Romero, Steinberg and Torlakson), the California Stem Cell and Biotechnology Education and Workforce Development Act of 2009, which was signed by Governor Schwarzenegger in 2009.

On this site, you will be able to:

  • Explore opportunities for teaching your students about stem cell science
  • Quickly find resources for student projects
  • Locate a scientist who can discuss stem cell science with your class
  • Get involved in the growing areas of stem cell research and biotechnology education

We would love to hear your feedback on the site. Thanks to everyone who helped make this site possible.

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CIRM Model Curriculum on Stem Cell Science

The core of CIRM’s curriculum are the five model curriculum units. Each unit is modular and incorporates California State Life Science Standards, listed within each lesson. We also offer CIRM-developed introductory PowerPoint presentations on Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine and PowerPoint presentations that supplement the units.

View new units adapted to California’s Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) here.

Go to the model curriculum units overview

Teaching resources

We’ve created CIRM-hosted resources teachers can use as supplementary material to the model curriculum and/or what they already teach in their classrooms. These resources include online materials produced by other organizations and resources submitted to CIRM by teachers, scientists, and students. The intent is to facilitate the transfer of the current information from industry professionals and academics to teachers.

Student Resources

We’ve created CIRM-reviewed materials such as videos, animations, articles and career information that high school students can access directly—without going through a teacher.

Usage information

Students and teachers can legally download materials presented on this education portal. Read the following information about copyrights and permissions to avoid plagiarism: