Multimedia Biology Project
Goals of the Project:

-Create animations in Flash.
-Animations will be linked through a web-based index file.
-Animations put on cd-rom at affordable price, sold through catalogs.
-Procedes go to scholarship fund.
 

Team:

-Researcher: Gets together text for the description and finds accurate pictoral representations of the entities involved.  Labels graphics in the animation.

-Designer: Creates the overall look of the graphics to be animated.  Checks with other groups to ensure that the graphics “gel” with the look of other animations.

-Animator:  Puts the graphics in motion and employs transformations as necessary.  Checks with research to animate the best design.

-Writer: Writes a text file to accompany the animation.  The purpose of this file will be to explain the animation to someone who has no knowledge of this material.  Text files may be more than one page in length.
 

Guidelines:
-Animations should have a consistent look across projects, not just within a group.
-Graphics must be created from “scratch.”  No third-party graphics, even from “free” sites.
-All animations should have a uniform look within and across groups.  Specifically:
 -neutral background (any solid color which contrasts against the animated elements)
 -a labeled “start” button
 -no music
 -animations must be accurate and make sense (these are occassionally exclusive to one another)
 -if there are several steps to an animation, the “next” buttons should remain in exactly the same area throughout.
 

Stages of the project:
-These stages should overlap.  The timeframe is merely to give an outline.

Week 1: Begin research, writing text, and creation of representations of entities.
  Primary members responsible:  Designer, Researcher, Writer

Week 2: Create rough animation with labels.
  Primary members responsible:  Designer, Animator, Researcher

Week 3: Finish animation and text article.
  Primary members responsible:  Animator, Researcher, Writer
 

Example project topics:

DNA
-crossing over
-replication
-transcription
-translation

Mutation
-Misalligned chromosomes
-Transposition
-Insertion
-Deletion
-UV damage (formation of thymine dimer)

Biotech:
-recombinant DNA in a plasmid genome
-cloning

Cells
-mitosis
-meiosis
-(trisomy) Down's syndrome (end of meiosis -> fertilization)

Cell membranes
-phagocytosis
-cell in hypertonic/hypotonic solution

Cell membranes
-active transport vs cell mediated (aka passive transport) vs diffusion

Ecology
-predator-prey relationship (poputationwise)
-exponential population growth

Ecology
-carbon cycle
-nitrogen cycle
-water cycle

Embryology
-formation of bastocyst, gastrulation, etc.
-compare development of human, chicken, fish,
K turtle embryos

Anatomy
-4 types of joints in the skeletal system

Anatomy
-path of blood through heart
-path of blood through body/lungs (expanded view)

Anatomy
-sequence of digestive system
-passage of signal from one neuron to the next

Physiology
-actin/myosin interation during muscle contraction
-proliferation of antibodies in response to a disease

Metabolic Pathways
-glycolosis
-Kreb's cycle
-electron transport chain
-urea cycle
-lactic acid fermentation

Biochem
-enzymes
-active sites
-feedback inhibition

Microbiology
-virus (T-phage and HIV) infecting cell
-how antibiotics fight infections


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