FREE!!!!!! Animated Cellular Structure & Activity http://www.xvivo.net/press/harvard_university.htm
Provider: XVIVO: Scientific Animation
Summary: This website that offers an incredible 8-minute video-animation titled "The Inner Life of the Cell"
Description: "The Inner Life of the Cell" was designed "to transport Harvard Biology students into a three-dimensional journey through the microscopic world of a cell." It moves beyond textbooks and "vividly illustrates the mechanisms that allow a white blood cell to sense its surroundings and respond to an external stimulus. This animation explores the different cellular environments in which these communications take place."
While it is fascinating to watch, unless you have some knowledge of cell structure and function it may be difficult to understand what you are seeing -- as no explanation is provided, just musical accompaniment. If this triggers interest, then use the following website to develop a foundation to better understand this video...
Age Range: 12 and up (younger children may enjoy various aspects of this site)
Cells Alive is really worth visiting multiple times. It uses animations, interactive and colorful illustrations, and interesting text to help visitors learn about the many forms and functions of cells. The categories include:
Cell Biology -- all about the structure of plant, animal, and bacterial cells that includes interactive animation of mitosis and meiosis, and a quiz to check your knowledge on cell structure and function.
Microbiology -- get familiar with viruses, bacteria, and parasites from E.coli to strep to HIV - and take the quiz on microbes.
Immunology -- don't miss the anatomy of a splinter, the workings of allergies and mites, making antibodies, and take the quiz on the immune system.
Microscopy -- get the scoop on the latest techniques for cell imaging and research and visit The Crystal Gallery for some eye-popping microscope images.
Under "Interactive" on the menu, you can examine cell models, view an animation of the cell cycle, watch the Cell Cams that let you see in real time how long it takes for cancer cells and bacteria cells to double. Solve some puzzles and take some quizzes too.
This is a "must see" site for anyone studying the sciences in grades 7 and up. Younger students will find aspects of it interesting too -- parents can preview the site to determine which parts will be of the most interest to their kids. You will want to bookmark this site and return often.