VIRTUAL LEARNING ACTIVITIES FOR ALL AGES
- Learn about our marmosets by watching them live on the Callicam!
- Observational ethogram activity for home, classroom, zoo, or in the wild
- Are you smarter than a monkey? Try the Wisconsin Card Sorting Test right on your phone!
- WNPRC animal care word search
LESSON PLANS AND IDEAS
If you are teaching or considering teaching about animal research in your classroom – the whys, hows, discoveries and ethics – and want to ensure that you present factual and balanced information, please contact us, as well as the Foundation for Biomedical Research and the Americans for Medical Progress to find the right materials for your classroom needs.
Here are a few examples:
- Request a virtual talk about the Primate Center with Q&A for your class or group! (See also Badger Talks and search “primate”)
- Animals in research and teaching at UW–Madison. Read, learn and discuss views on animal research, animal care, hot topics and more.
- Northwest Association for Biomedical Research’s Teacher Center. Most of these curriculum covering biology, genetics, virology, stem cells, ethics and more are designed for high school, however there are some for middle school and upper elementary school.
- Ted-Ed: What are stem cells? Video and curriculum produced by Craig A. Kohn in conjunction with the UW-Madison Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Center and the Wisconsin National Primate Research Center. See also A starring role for nonhuman primates in the stem cell story and Growing stem cells in the lab. (Stem cell culture techniques in a UW-Madison lab, general audience, 9 minutes.)
- Lab rat chat: A podcast to engage with the public about the necessity of humane and ethical animal research.
- Go behind the scenes at the WNPRC and other research facilities and COME SEE OUR WORLD!
- Additional resources for educators and learners from the National Primate Research Centers
Do you have lesson plans or ideas on how to incorporate biomedical research into your teaching that we can share on this site? We are interested in biology, genetics, gene editing, virology, stem cells, bioinformatics, bioengineering, animal care, animal research regulations and ethics, and careers in biomedical research. Please contact Jordana Lenon with your resources and ideas.
COVID-19 RESEARCH BY THE NATIONAL PRIMATE RESEARCH CENTERS
This year, it is especially important to note that nonhuman primates, macaques in particular, have proven to be invaluable models for understanding transmission, pathogenesis, genetics and other characteristics of RNA viruses such as HIV, Ebola, Zika and now COVID-19. Vaccines and other medical treatments informed by nonhuman primate research have prevented countless deaths from viruses and other global infectious diseases. Learn more here and also here.
- In this Aug. 22, 2017, video, Jill Herrig, an animal research technician at the WNRPC, along with video journalist Tyler Ensrude from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville show us what it’s like to train for and work with laboratory nonhuman primates at the Wisconsin National Primate Research Center.
- Common Marmosets at the WNPRC: Learn about the members of a common marmoset (Callithrix jacchus) family and watch how they rear their infants. (No sound, with captions, 7 minutes, 2013.)
- WNPRC Animal Care, Housing and Enrichment: No sound, some captions, 4 minutes, 2014. (Available without captions for the news media.)
- Are we smarter than monkeys? Primate research and outreach at a glance: UW-Madison journalism student’s Fall 2012 video project.
- In Depth at Ten – Monkeys and Medicine: Channel3000.com news series in 2010 about WNPRC research, ethics and animal care.