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K-12 Cancer Education Outreach


The Cancer Education and Outreach Program is an initiative of the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Comprehensive Cancer Center. It offers a variety of engaging educational programs and resources for elementary, middle and high school students and teachers. 

Our programs encourage students to adopt healthy habits that can prevent the development of cancers into adulthood. We also aim to inspire students to pursue careers in cancer research. 

Online Resources

  1. The Cancer Education and Outreach Program offers free resources for teaching the science of cancer and healthy living. Resources include videos, patient case studies, lab scientific close reads and interactives. 

    Areas of focus include cancer and cell biology, heredity and genetics, cancer prevention and healthy living.

    Explore teaching tools >

  2. This fun podcast makes science real for students by sharing casual conversations between St. Jude postdoctoral researchers, their colleagues and world-renowned scientists from St. Jude and other institutions. 

    Listen to Science Sound Bites >

K-12 Classroom Resources

  1. The St. Jude Science Ambassadors Program is designed to inspire K-12 students to pursue cancer research careers by connecting them with positive, relatable scientific role models.

    Ambassadors visit the classroom to discuss their career pathway and the day-to-day life of a researcher. In-person visits are available only for the Memphis area and is limited to availability. 

    Request an Ambassador to visit your classroom >

    Ambassadors webcast into the classroom to discuss their career pathway and the day-to-day life of a researcher. Limited to availability.

    Request an Ambassador to virtually visit your classroom >


  2. The Cancer Education in the Classroom loan kit program provides cancer-related lessons with hands-on activities that combine teaching strategies from across the academic disciplines. The program’s goal is to generate deep learning that is standards-backed, reality-based and personally relevant. Loan kits are available free of charge, but are limited to schools in the Memphis area.

    Each kit contains a teacher's curriculum guide and all materials necessary for completing the lessons and activities. Teachers must participate in a training workshop before requesting a loan kit.

    Request a loan kit >

  3. Each spring, St. Jude Science Ambassadors bring fun, interactive science camps to Memphis-area schools and libraries to recognize National DNA Day. The day commemorates the completion of the Human Genome Project in 2003 and the discovery of the DNA double helix in 1953.

    Request a DNA Day visit >

Learning Opportunities at St. Jude

  1. Memphis-area high school students may apply to participate in the annual Science Scholars of Tomorrow Symposium, a day-long event held at St. Jude each spring. The program is designed to ignite an interest in research careers. Students and their teachers learn about the latest St. Jude discoveries, interact with faculty and other scientists, and tour working laboratories and clinics.

    Learn more about Science Scholars >

  2. The St. Jude Cancer Educator's Classroom offers professional development opportunities for teachers. Instructors learn about various frameworks and strategies for improving science pedagogy and reducing stereotype threats that prevent individuals from under-represented backgrounds from pursuing careers in biomedical research. 

    Learn about the Cancer Educator's Classroom >

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