Science Animations

Wow! You would not believe how many sites out there have animations of scientific principles and actions. If a picture is worth a thousand words, an animation must be worth a volume or two of your favourite encyclopedia.

Item #1 - FreezeRay
I've never heard of Great Barr School - A Specialist Science College, but they have some pretty cool stuff available for teachers on their website. From what I can tell, though I'm not a Science teacher, they have animations that will work from the grade 4 curriculum of Simple Machines to 30 level Chemistry, Biology and Physics. Check out this animation of how a 2:1 pulley works.

Item #2 - University of Toronto
Yay! A Canadian university that has put together a huge collection of Physics animations for use by anyone who might have any interest. Not only are there animations, though, but also a tutorial on how to create Flash animations to illustrate the physics topic you need to illustrate. That is useful information! (Was that too enthusiastic? Does it show that I don't really understand most of this stuff?)

Item #3 - Harvard University's High School Outreach
Apparently Harvard offers programs at its Cambridge, Massachusetts campus for high school students and teachers. At some of the sessions, the teachers storyboard animations that they would like to use to illustrate various topics in their science curriculum. Then, staff and students at Harvard create these animations and they are available at this website.

Item #4 - Sumanas
Sumanas Inc. is a company that creates web animations for textbook publishers. In the meantime, their animations are available for teachers to illustrate the concepts they are teaching. For example, check out the following explanation of blood flow through the human heart:

Item #5 - John Giannini
Okay, I am totally and realistically enthusiastic about this site. John Giannini is a professor of biology at St. Olaf College in Minnesota. His page contains movies, animations and links for biology students and teachers including the explorable cell you see below: