Showing posts with label science animations. Show all posts
Showing posts with label science animations. Show all posts

Friday, October 20, 2017

Molecularium: Molecule Building Game


My Molecularium is a new free game app that challenges players to build a wide variety of molecules. It is available at the Apple App Store and Google Play.

This app is part of the Molecularium Project, which is the outreach and education effort of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's Nanotechnology Center. The mission of the Molecularium Project is to expand science literacy and get people of all ages excited about science.

Applications for Education
This is a fun and engaging way for students to learn about molecules and the world around them. Games are a great way to introduce and reinforce ideas.


Monday, June 3, 2013

DNA Explained Visually

BBC Knowledge Explainer: DNA is a short video that uses animation to visually explain DNA. The video explains the form and function of DNA. A short explanation of how DNA is a part of so many things around us. The short video is embedded below.



BBC Knowledge Explainer DNA from Territory on Vimeo.

H/T to Cool Infographics.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

An Interactive Animated Heart

This week I'm taking a few days off to ski, play with my dogs, visit with friends and family, and generally recharge my batteries. If you're on vacation this week too, I hope that you're having a great vacation. While I'm away I'm rerunning the most popular posts of the year. The selections are based on pageviews during 2012.


Explania is one of my favorite resources for animated explanations of topics in technology and science. Some of their offerings are videos and some of their offerings are interactive animations. One of their interactive animations that could be quite useful for biology teachers and health teachers is The Human Heart. The Human Heart animation allows visitors to learn about the parts and functions of the human heart by clicking on different parts of the heart to find short explanations of that part's function. Your students can access the interactive animation on the Explania website or you can embed the animation into your blog or website.

The Human Heart - Explania

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Animated Science Lessons for Children

The Children's University of Manchester has great collections of animated lessons covering seven science subjects for students of early elementary/ primary school age. The lessons cover The Body and Medicine, Energy and Environment, Earth and Beyond, Teeth and Eating, Micro-organisms, The Brain, and Exercise.

For each science subject covered by The Children's University of Manchester there is an introduction followed by seven to ten interactive animations. For example, in The Earth and Beyond students can see how the position of the sun affects the length of shadows. Students can advance the sun through the sky. As they advance the sun they can use a ruler to measure the lengths of the shadows that they create.

Applications for Education
The Children's University of Manchester science lessons could be good place to find supplementary interactive materials for your elementary school science lessons. You could extend The Earth and Beyond shadows activity by having your students measure shadows in your school yard throughout the day at different times of the year.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Learners TV Offers a Big Collection of Science Animations

There isn't any shortage of sites attempting to organize academic videos, I shared a nice one yesterday, but there aren't too many that are also organizing animations. Learners TV has organized hundreds of academic videos. They've also organized more than one hundred science animations. The science animations on Learners TV are organized into three categories; biology, physics, and chemistry.

Applications for Education
If you're looking for some animations to illustrate concepts mentioned in your science lessons, take a look at the Learners TV gallery of animations. I think it would be great if Learners TV had paired the animations to specific videos in their libraries. That could be a student project too.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Videos, Animations, and Explanations of Continents and Drift

Here are two quick resources for teaching about continents and continental drift. First, from the San Diego Supercomputer Center we have this animation of continental drift. Press play, pause, and rewind to see how the continents fit together.

Below is a video that asks and tries to answer the questions, "what are continents?" and "how many continents are there?" The video proposes a handful of different ways to look at how we divide the world. The arguments can basically be broken down to cultural geography versus physical geography.


Applications for Education
The SDSC animation is a good visual tool to support a lesson on continents. The video above could challenge students to think about how we divide the world and difference between cultural and physical geography.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

DNA Tube - Sharing Science Videos

DNA Tube is a nice site for watching and sharing videos about topics in science. While most of the videos seem to be about topics related to biology there are also videos about chemistry, physics, and computer science. The videos are a mix of animated, narrated demonstrations and lecture videos. You can search DNA Tube using keywords or browse the categories to find videos. The videos can be embedded into your blog or website and if you register on the site you can download videos.


H/T to Michael Zimmer for the link.

Applications for Education
DNA Tube could be a great resource for science teachers and their students. The lecture videos could appeal to people who want to get in-depth information about a topic or series of topics. The shorter demonstration videos could be useful supplements to a classroom lecture or lesson.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

You've Got Monkey Feet! - Fun Science Activities

Hey LHS Kids is a science activities website for kids developed by the Lawrence Hall of Science at UC Berkeley. Hey LHS Kids features some good activities for elementary school students. The activity that inspired the title of this post is Measure Yourself. Measure Yourself asks students to measure the size of their ears, feet, and overall height in centimeters. Students then plug those numbers into Measure Yourself and are shown a list of animals that have similar dimensions. I tried it and learned that my ears are almost as big as an armadillo's ears, my feet are longer than a bear's, and I'm taller than a grizzly bear walking on all four feet.








Thanks to Kristen Swanson for the link.

Applications for Education
Measure Yourself could be a fun way to introduce students to measurement using the metric system. The activity give students some familiar animals by which to gauge metric measurements. Overall, Hey LHS Kids offers a variety of similar activities that can be useful for introducing some basic science and math concepts to elementary school students.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Activity TV - Kids Activities with Video Directions
Interactive Exploration of the Galapagos Islands
Wild Sanctuary - Sounds of Nature on Google Earth

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Virtual Cell Animations

The Molecular & Cell Biology department at North Dakota State University hosts a nice collection of virtual cell animations. The collection of virtual cell animations introduces students to seventeen molecular and cellular processes. For each process there is a series of annotated images, a text explanation, and a video explaining the process.

Applications for Education
The virtual cell animations collection could be a great resource for high school biology students. The annotated images provide a resource that students can explore at their own pace before or after watching the videos provided by North Dakota State University.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
10 Sources of Educational Science Games
A Large Collection of Cell Biology Videos
The Interactive Periodic Table

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

USGS Multimedia Gallery

In the past I've written about Google Earth files and some other educational media from produced by the USGS (here and here). Today, I want to make sure that you're aware of some other great materials available through the USGS Multimedia Gallery. The USGS Multimedia Gallery contains large collections of educational videos, animations, podcasts, and image galleries. You can search each collection by topic and or keyword tags. RSS feeds are available for each gallery. In addition to the videos in the USGS Multimedia Gallery you can find many videos on the official USGS YouTube channel.

H/T to Lucy Gray who shared the USGS social media center on Facebook.

Applications for Education
If you need images or videos to help you deliver a lesson to your Earth Science students, the USGS Multimedia Gallery should be one of the first places you visit. Likewise students developing multimedia presentations for their Earth Science classes would be well-served to visit the USGS Multimedia Gallery.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Video - Two Cases of Global Warming
Climate Change, Wildlife, Wildlands Lesson Plans
An Immersive Virtual Tour of the Grand Canyon

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Understanding Genetics - Online Exhibits

The Tech Museum of Innovation, located in San Jose, California has an interesting online display about genetics. The online display covers the science of genetics and the politics of genetic engineering. The online display includes a series of videos from the Future of Science Conference. In the video leading scientists and philosophers discuss topics related to genetics.

Applications for Education
The science of genetics displays are informative and appropriate for use with students in middle school and high school.
The videos and articles discussing the ethics and politics of genetic engineering and gene therapy are appropriate for use with high school students.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Science and Statistics Animations

Sumanas is a provider of animations of science and statistics concepts. Their public gallery of animations is divided into ten categories dealing with various topics in biology, chemistry, Earth science, and statistics. Many of the animations are narrated, but even those that aren't are very clear none-the-less. The largest selections of animations are found in the biology categories. Pictured below is a screen capture from the animation of heat changing a protein.



















Applications for Education
The animations provided by Sumanas in their public gallery could be good supplements to your course notes. Some of the animations include quizzes at the end that students can use to self-assess their understanding of a concept.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
10 Sources of Educational Science Games
A Large Collection of Cell Biology Videos
The Interactive Periodic Table

Monday, January 25, 2010

Recent Earthquake Teachable Moments

IRIS, Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology, has compiled some good resources for teaching about the science of the earthquake in Haiti and earthquakes in general. Included in their list are videos, slideshows, and links to lesson plans. The videos are animated and narrated explanations of the science of earthquakes. All of the videos can be viewed on YouTube or downloaded as a Quicktime file. You can see a sample of these videos below.



Applications for Education
The visualizations found in this list are accessible for most middle school and high school students. For those of you that work with ESL/ ELL students, IRIS provides a list of resource that are accessible for Spanish speaking students.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Five Resources for Teaching About Earthquakes
Earthquake in Haiti - CNN Student News and Other Resources
Photosynth - Devastation in Haiti

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Biology Animations Library

The Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory's learning center has a nice library of animations demonstrating various biology concepts. Some of the concepts covered in the animations library include DNA restriction and transformation, DNA arrays, and model organisms. The animations can be viewed online or downloaded. In addition to the animations library, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory has a library of 3D models. Highlighting the list of 3D models is a model of the human brain. Like the other animations, the 3D models can be viewed online or downloaded for use on your local hard drive.

Applications for Education
The animations included in the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory's online libraries could be useful for high school science teachers. Being able to download the animations means that you don't have to worry about not being to access the animations if you lose the Internet connection in your classroom.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Get Body Smart - Interactive Tutorials and Quizzes
Medical Animation Library
Dr. Saul's Biology in Motion