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BioInteractive is a collection of resources, including 3D, animations, film, video, interactives, and virtual labs, that all pertain to the life sciences. It has materials for classroom instruction, general awareness, and reference.

The 3D Models are linked to the other educational media available on BioInteractive, such as short films, lectures, and classroom activities, to further support learning key concepts in biology and earth science. The Animations cover a broad range of scientific topics, from DNA replication to the geologic carbon cycle. 

The Interactive Media include Virtual Labs, Apps, Click & Learn, and Interactive Videos. With the Virtual Labs, you can do interactive simulations in which you can perform experiments, collect data, and answer questions to assess your understanding. The labs combine animations, illustrations, and videos to convey information and engage you in the process of science. Currently there are eight virtual labs on topics ranging from lizard evolution to cardiology.

The App section describes six apps that are available on several platforms, including iOS, Android, and Amazon. They are also available online.

The Click & Learn section includes self-contained lessons that support and expand on topics covered in the Holiday Lectures on Science series and short films, while the Interactive Videos pause at certain points to allow you to answer questions.

Finally, the Videos range from clips of just a few minutes to lectures that can last up to an hour. They cover topics such as the science of camera traps and cancer as a genetic disease.

Going Further

For Educators

In addition to the resources that your students can use on their own, there are some resources specifically targeted for classroom use. They include activities, posters, and articles. In addition, there are film guides to accompany the films on the site as well as teacher guides to help you filter through the large number of resources available on BioInteractive and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute sites. Finally, there are short courses that are multi-part resources organized sequentially to allow you (or your students) to work through as much or as little of a topic as you wish.

Cells 1: Make a Model Cell
6-8 | Interactive
Spaceship Earth
6-8 | Hands-On
Introduction to Natural Selection
9-12 | Hands-On
Cell Communication
9-12 |
Color-Coded DNA
6-12 | Audio

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Grades Themes Type Project 2061 Benchmarks National Science Standards