Do I have to use all the lessons or use them in order?

No. VMP materials were designed to enable flexibility for educators to decide what fits their classroom, science club, or science camp schedules and goals. However, lessons in each grade level are structured in a linear fashion and progress from elementary through high school in a logical manner, so that educators can use them in their entirety if desired.  

Can I get permission to use your imagery or video clips beyond the lessons?

Yes. Institutions and organizations can request permission to use our items by contacting Please include specific information about which materials you are interested in using and how you would like to use them. 

Permission has been granted previously for use in educational portals, museum exhibitions, and other contexts. We always welcome ideas, opportunities for collaboration or use of materials.  

Can I get printed copies of the VMP's STEM careers booklet?

Yes! The STEM careers booklet, "STEM CAREERS: It's not rocket science ... but it can be," was produced by the Vaccine Education Center (VEC). It can be viewed online or photocopied, in whole or in part. Printed copies can also be ordered from the VEC at our cost to print, produce, and fulfill orders plus shipping. 

Can I show the full HILLEMAN film in my classroom or at my school?

Yes. Please contact for information about planning a classroom, school, or community film screening. We will work with you to understand your goals, audience and technical requirements to ensure that you get the correct format and license for your needs.

How are the educational materials developed?

Educational materials are developed through a collaborative effort of scientists and other members of our team as well as consultation with educational experts. Materials are reviewed regularly.

Why don’t you include individualized state standards in the lessons?

VMP educational materials are aligned with two standard systems, the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) as these two standards systems reflect best practices in effective science education. 

How is the Vaccine Makers Project funded?

The Vaccine Makers Project is a program of the Vaccine Education Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. The Vaccine Education Center (VEC) is funded by Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). The Center does not receive support from vaccine manufacturers.