Interactive Activities from Carolina Biological

Carolina Biologicals offers Interactive Activities on their website.  The activities explore plant biology, genetics, and anatomy.  The anatomy activity is an overview of the basic external and internal components of a fetal pig.  The activity has three parts:  External Anatomy, Internal Anatomy I (heart, lungs, etc), and Internal Anatomy II (stomach, intestines, etc). 

Click “Interactive Science Activities” to be directed to the website listing all of the interactive activities.  Click “Comparative Anatomy: Fetal Pig” to be directed to the anatomy interactive activity.

Interactive Science Activities

Comparative Anatomy: Fetal Pig


Teaching Resources from NASA

NASA has developed a catalog of education resources as part of its CORE program (CORE stands for Central Operation of Resources for Educators).  On the CORE website, there is a catalog of products available.  The resources are not free, but seem to be reasonably priced.  They offer DVDs, ($15-20), activity kits ($6 and up), and other types of media for ages ranging from kindergarten to 12th grade.  Click on “CORE Main Page” to be directed to their site.

CORE Main Page

Animations from HHMI

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) offers lots of science resources, including videos, animations, games, and lesson plans.  Here, I want to spotlight an animation that details the inner workings of a cell.  The animation is approximately 8 minutes long and is from Harvard University.  Concepts illustrated in the animation include everything from translation to actin filament formation.  It is a great resource for high school and undergraduate students.

Click on “Cool Science” to be directed to the HHMI resources collection and click on “The Inner Life of the Cell” to be directed to the animation.

Cool Science

The Inner Life of the Cell

Identifying New Planets

This interactive animation from NASA demonstrates the ways that astronomists identify and characterize new planets in distance solar systems.  The animation details some of the methods that astronomists use to find new planets, determine the amount of time it takes them to orbit their star, and other interesting facts about distant planets.  Click on “Kepler Exoplanet Transit Hunt” to be directed to the animation.

Kepler Exoplanet Transit Hunt

Free DVD “Learning from Patients”

In today’s post, we spotlight another freebie.  The Howard Hughes Medical Institute offers a free DVD set featuring four lectures by doctors discussing cancer and neurological disorders.  Click on “Learning from Patients” to access the HHMI DVD offer.

Learning from Patients

Free Poster “Human Genome Landmarks”

The Department of Energy (DOE) offers a free poster upon request entitled “Human Genome Landmarks.”  It displays the 22 human chromosomes (plus X and Y) and the location of many genes associated with human disorders and traits.  It was produced after the completion of the Human Genome Project.  It would make a great addition to any lab, office, or classroom. 

Click on “Human Genome Poster” to be directed to the Human Genome Landmarks Poster Request Form.

Human Genome Poster

Short Documentaries about Apollo Shuttles

If you are looking to incorporate some videos into your astronomy lessons, check out these 30 minute documentaries about some of the Apollo shuttles.  This NASA-run website has embedded video of each Apollo mission from Apollo 7 to Apollo 17 (including Apollo 11, the first time humans landed on the moon).  You can also download the video so that you may play it without internet connection.  Below is the video documenting Apollo 13, the near-disastrous mission that was the subject of the 1995 movie.  

Click “As It Happened” below to go to the website with all of the videos.

As It Happened