A CIESE Collaborative Project

Project Overview

General Info

The Human Genetics Project is an Internet-based project which will enrich a student's learning experience through "Unique and Compelling" applications of instructional technology. In particular, this project taps into some of the exciting applications of the Internet in education by having students collaborate in large numbers across great distances to "pool" large amounts of data. By participating in this project, students also have the opportunity to interact with experts online, use an online asynchronous discussion board to discuss project-related topics, and publish their own work to this project web site.

In addition, classes are encouraged to use our Discussion area to post letters of introduction, submit final reports, and carry out discussions with other participating classes. You may also submit photos of your class doing the water sampling tests to be posted on our web site. It is our hope that in this way, students can learn about each other and expand their horizons in addition to doing science.


This project runs twice a year - once in the fall and once in the spring. A detailed schedule is available by selecting the schedule option on the menu bar. It lists the basic steps you need to take in order to implement the project, and also gives key dates you need to be aware of. This should give you a basic idea of how the project will run.


This project is offered completely free of charge. All you need to do is sign up so that we can keep track of the various schools participating. To do so, go here: Registration


There are a few core lessons that make up this project, and they have been designed to allow you to have some flexibility in lesson selection, thus making it easier to fit this project into your curriculum. It is not necessary to complete all of the lessons. However, it is recommended to follow the lessons in order so that your students will become comfortable with the basic concepts needed to reach a deeper understanding of the significant environmental issues covered by the unit. Please review each of the lessons carefully and use your judgment for allocating class time.

Curriculum Standards

National Science Education Standards, and MA, NJ and NY standards are available here: Curriculum Standards

Notes and Tips

Materials Available on this Site

The worksheets in each lesson are in Microsoft Word or PDF format. (The PDF format is obtained by clicking on the PDF icon next to each worksheet title.) If you need to install Adobe Acrobat Reader to open the PDF documents, please click here. The Reference Materials section has many links related to helpful resources. It also contains links to online experts that may be contacted for answering certain types of related questions as well as contact information for the Project Leader.

Refresh / Reload

Browsing the internet requires downloading multiple files from the internet to the computer. Users often wait long periods while complete web pages slowly show up on their computer screen. To speed up browsing time, the files that are downloaded are temporarily stored in the cache (referred to as Temporary Internet Files in Internet Explorer). Often in a Computer Lab setting, the computers are not shut down each day, and the temporary files remain on the computer. So, if a student visits a real-time data site one day, the information from the site is stored in the cache. If a student revisits the same web page a following day, the browser will first look in the cache for the information before it goes to the internet for the most recent image. To prevent confusion, the students should first look for the time and date stamp on the image. If it is not the most recent image, click the “Reload” or “Refresh” button. This will insure that the latest data is displayed. (NOTE: Internet Explorer uses the term “Refresh” and Netscape Navigator and Firefox use the term “Reload”, both of which can be found next to the Back and Forward buttons in the toolbar.)