2019 AMI Online Salon

Project Detail

  • Company/Institution: HHMI BioInteractive

  • Entrant Name: Li Yao

  • Membership Type: Company/Corporation Submission

  • Other Contributors: Fabian de Kok-Mercado

  • Address: Chevy Chase, MD

  • Client: HHMI BioInteractive

  • Medium/software used: Graphite, Adobe Photoshop, PyMol, Cinema 4D, and Adobe After Effects

  • Final presentation format:Online video

  • Primary Audience: Middle school, first-year high school biology, Advanced Placement biology, and undergraduate biology science educators & students

Project Description

The purpose of this 11-minute animation is to provide a comprehensive look at photosynthesis as we zoom in from the visible world to the molecular level. It’s designed for use in a variety of courses and consists of seven parts (1. Overview, 2. Chemical process, 3. Leaf structure, 4. Chloroplasts, 5. Light reactions, 6. Calvin cycles, and 7. Biosynthesis). Students can view different parts of the animation depending on the depth of understanding required or study the parts in sequence. A didactic 2D illustrative style was implemented in an effort to reduce cognitive load and align with canonical representations of photosynthesis within biology curricula. Here we present a sample of key steps in the process.