Cracking the Code: The Continuing Saga of Genetics is a comprehensive resource for teaching the history and new science of genetics. Featuring lively animations and clever analogy, the programs present complex science information in a way that positively affects student attention and retention. The pop band, Moxy Früvous, performs songs that assist students to recall key concepts and information. Both the history and social context of genetics is highlighted, so that viewers see the real-life applications of scientific endeavor.
With the textbook on genetics having undergone a considerable rewrite lately, teachers need updated resources to explore this rapidly evolving area of biological science. This series and the comprehensive teacher's guide that accompanies it will be an invaluable primer for HS Biology on the history and recent histrionics of genetic science.
Produced by MediCinema Ltd. of Toronto, ON, in collaboration with AIT.
This material is based on work supported by the National Science Foundation under grant # 99-11671. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.
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