Regenerative Medicine Teacher Externships

Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine (WFIRM) collaborates with North Carolina-area middle and high school teachers to provide professional experiences, in partnership with the North Carolina Association for Biomedical Research and the state’s school districts. Teachers acquire new knowledge and skills to enable them to introduce the concepts of the frontiers of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) within the context of regenerative medicine – an exciting, cutting-edge field representative of today’s highly interdisciplinary nature of science.

With a gained knowledge, experience and skills, teachers work on the development of curricula materials and activities to later integrate into their classrooms and help students’ learning more relevant to the 21st century workforce.


Designed to help high school students construct their own understanding of regenerative medicine and stem cells by working in a collaborative environment, teachers will walk away with:

  • Regenerative Medicine presentations - An introduction to regenerative medicine tailored to high school students and teachers.
  • Tissue Engineering activities - A combination of directed and inquiry based activities for tissue engineering.
  • Regenerative Medicine lesson plans - This lesson plan uses the above two resources, together with additional online resources, to provide a more thorough overview of regenerative medicine.

Hear about the experience of Teresa Gentry, a high school teacher for Mt. Tabor in Winston-Salem.