Education Outreach

Free tools for distance learning

The Allen Institute is known for our commitment to open science – sharing our data and analysis tools freely with the scientific community. In addition to the research applications, our resources can help educators provide real-world and cutting-edge science experiences for their students.

Our free, ready-to-use STEM lesson plans and other classroom resources for neuroscience, cell biology, and immunology are geared towards educators teaching at the high school and college level. Explore virtual events for educators and for students, turnkey virtual labs, and other resources that bring our open science resources to your classroom.

We’re here to help: post in our Allen Brain Map Community Forum or Allen Cell Discussion Forum, or email us at communications@alleninstitute.org.

Statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for Education

The Allen Institute is committed to bringing principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion to all we do. We recognize that teaching how to administer and explore science often depends on access to labs, people and resources that are not equitably available, and that Black students and other students of color are disproportionately likely to lack. Our education programming provides access to research and administrative experiences while supporting the growth and development of a diverse next generation of future leaders in the world of science.

Lesson Plans

Start incorporating the Allen Institute's open resources into your classroom with these free teaching materials. Encourage students to explore research-grade cell biology and neuroscience data, spark their excitement for the material, and get them started on independent research projects. Activities are available for introductory high school biology, AP/IB biology, college-level cell biology, and college-level neuroscience.

Lesson plans and materials


Learn more about teaching materials and career pathways in science through our webinars.

In our webinar series for educators and students, go behind the scenes of science to meet the professionals who make our research possible and get a glimpse of the many different careers in science. These interviews with our staff and interactive discussions include questions from students and discussion about what it takes to do cutting-edge research.

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Join our webinar series for educators, The Virtual Science Lab, to learn how to use the Allen Institute's open data in your classes. These free webinars introduce selected open data and tools from the Allen Institute and demonstrate lessons and virtual experiments using our data for high school and college-level educators.

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Posters for your classroom

Sign up to request a free poster for your classroom, and keep up to date with research and resources from the Allen Institute.

Allen Institute non-essential staff are currently working remotely due to COVID-19, but we're still open for science. Requested posters will be shipped when we return. Please explore this page for online resources that may assist with distance learning of science.

Please email us or contact us on Twitter or Facebook with questions about how to implement virtual experiments in your class.

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