EDUCATION: Get the Picture?

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Science  22 Nov 2002:
Vol. 298, Issue 5598, pp. 1521d
DOI: 10.1126/science.298.5598.1521d

Zoom up to the spiny surface of a sea star. Or plunge into the world of ciliated protists, single-celled animals that use hairlike structures to jet about, eat, and procreate. At the BioMEDIA Associates Web site, biology comes alive through photography.

Geared toward teaching middle and high schoolers about the natural world, this site consists of a series of photo galleries. Students learn as they marvel at the images, and factoids roll out from under each photo as the cursor moves. Each gallery is supplemented with interactive essays that explain how each animal adapts to its environment.

Although the site focuses on the microscopic world, a new photo essay on the evolution of eyes teaches about the many different ways to produce sight.

To keep students coming back, a mystery organism-of-the-month contest promises the first five successful entrants a free CD-ROM or video of their choice from BioMEDIA's educational series.

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