The SBCE modules and case studies are designed to help students think with data. Using a combination of simple socratic visual presentations, guided worksheets, and challenging problems, students gain experience creating, visualizing, and interpreting information. The goal is to improve how students approach data, building confidence in their ability to understand, interpret, and question evidence through repeated practice and escalating challenge. Each module section centers on a current biology or health related problem that has no one right answer. Students build solutions or arguments to address the problems through repeated cycles of asking questions, making predictions, and working with various forms of data. In doing so, they gain valuable experience modeling the kinds of thinking, learning, and abilities that scientists use everyday. 

Pilot Schools 


Encina High School 

1400 Bell St
Sacramento, CA

Principal: Dan Kenley 

Encina High is located in the Arden area of Sacramento, serving over 650 students on the West End of the San Juan Unified School District. Our student population is highly diverse, with no majority ethnic group. Over 75% of Encina's students receive free or reduced-price lunch. Our school vision is to "forge a collaborative culture focused on life-long learning for college and career success in a global society". SBCE supports our vision in that it helps close the global achievement gap by training students in applying biostatistical principals to real-world cancer data.


High School

451 Mcclatchy Way
Sacramento, CA 
(916) 264-3262

Principal: Ann Curtis

Art Benjamin Health Professions High School is the culmination of a dream that began around 2002. Since that time we have partnered with over 500 individuals and organizations to bring the dream to reality. Today we have vibrant and exciting student body that is headed to college. We offer a rigorous high school education with a healthcare theme integrated throughout all the classes. 

School of Engineering 
& Sciences

7345 Gloria Drive
Sacramento, CA 95831 
(916) 433 2960

Principal: Belinda Kirk 

The School is designed as a small secondary school with a capacity of 500 students when complete, in grades 7 through 12. The mission of the school is to graduate students that are qualified for future careers and studies in engineering and other sciences. Students will focus on unique course work and mentorship. Regional science competitions are part of the activities program.

Testing Schools 

Vista Del Lago High School:
Vista del Lago High School staff, in partnership with parents and community, is dedicated to developing engaged and ethical young adults who approach learning with courage, compassion and resilience in a diverse and changing world. Through a challenging curriculum, students are empowered with the knowledge and skills to communicate effectively, think analytically, express themselves creatively and appreciate the value of a healthy, productive lifestyle.

Fairfield High School:
The cities of Fairfield and Suisun enjoy a balance of the rural Central Valley and the bustling Bay Area, that is distinctly their own. Unified in 1968, F-SUSD has an enrollment of approximately 23,000 K-12 students, and is comprised of 31 schools including 5 high schools, 5 middle schools, 20 elementary schools, and 1 adult school.
Fairfield-Suisun USD.

Folsom High School:
Folsom Cordova Unified School District is committed to providing excellence in educational programs that carry high expectations for each student's achievement and success.
Folsom Cordova USD

River City High:
River City High School's mission is to provide the opportunity for all students to receive a standards-based education which ensures their attainment of the knowledge, skills, and values necessary to live productive lives as responsible members of society.
Washington USD

Hiram W. Johnson High School: 
Sacramento City Unified School District is the 11th largest school district in California and one of the oldest in the western United States (established in 1854). SCUSD serves 47,900 students on 81 campuses and is home to a 2010-11 California Distinguished School, two 2010-11 California Achievement Award schools and the only public Waldorf-inspired high school in the nation.
Sacramento City USD

Mira Loma High School:
Embracing diversity and valuing excellence, Mira Loma High School's mission is to inspire and educate each student toward academic achievement, critical thinking, intrinsic success and responsible contributions to a peaceful international society by providing innovative, rigorous, student-focused instruction through a rich tradition of high-quality programs and dynamic activities in a safe, compassionate, and collaborative learning environment.

Partners & Collaborators

To develop a rich cancer-related dataset of information relevant to our student audience we are partnering with the OHSU Healthy Discoveries program (aka Let’s Get Healthy Health Faire), an NCRR Supplement to the Oregon Clinical and Translational Science Institute. As part of the collaboration, SBCE has contributed components for an interactive station that explores attendees' understanding of cancer, risk factors, and links to behavior with particular emphasis on lung and skin cancer.

For the Let's Get Healthy (LGH) health faires we developed What’s the Chance? (WTC) Cancer Station, a series of hands-on and game-based health fair exhibits that engage students in activities related to skin health and cancer risk and prevention. The goal of the WTC stations is to improve our understanding of adolescent behavior and perception related to skin cancer and skin cancer risk factors and positively impact student beliefs, knowledge, and self-efficacy toward identifying and making cancer risk reduction changes in their own lives. 

Student data obtained will be integrated into our SBCE modules to allow students to discover how statistical concepts may be applied to information directly related to themselves and their peers.The three stations that were developed for the WTC Cancer booth were as follows:

BIOPHOTONIC ANTIOXIDANT SCANNER: The biophotonic scanner allows students to measure total carotenoid concentration in their skin and learn how general health and sun exposure relates to their risk of skin cancer (e.g. comparing their skin carotenoid levels to their susceptibility to UV damage based on their skin type; reviewing the basics of sun protection, including how fruit and vegetable consumption can support skin health and resilience; and exploring how antioxidant-rich and carotenoid-rich foods -  fruits and vegetables - sustain a healthy lifestyle and reduce risk of cancer in the future). At the early April trial 113 students measured their levels with an average result of 27,600 (min 10,000, max 69,000).

SKIN MICROSCOPE: Though human skin color and type are quite variable, everyone’s skin is susceptible to UV damage. The Skin Microscope station helps students understand their unique skin type and consider how to protect it from harmful UV radiation, both indoors and out. We are utilizing a handheld Digital Microscope that enables students to study their skin at high magnification and compare how sun exposure relates to their specific risk of skin cancer (e.g. relating their specific skin susceptibility to UV damage with other skin types; learning how sun protection solutions work; and exploring how their skin type relates to increased or decreased personal risk of skin damage). At the early April trial 156 students answered the Fitzpatrick questions with an average result of 16 and a range of score from 2-28. 68 students took pictures with the microscopes.

UV Radical Ray Rampage Video Game: UV Radical Ray Rampage is a action-platform video game that promotes the ‘health’ and risk-to-future-appearance (vanity) by re-enforcing the negative impact of sun exposure and what can be done to prevent it, all in an immersive arcade like experience.  Transition scenes further highlight the need for prevention and monitoring of ones own skin for signs of skin cancer. Each game level targets different sources of UV and provides procedures for protecting oneself from particular forms of UV exposure. Throughout the game, the impact on possible risk-to-future-appearance is heavily emphasized. 

For more info on the UV Radical Ray Rampage video game click here.