Thursday, January 5, 2012

U.S. Federal Innovation 47: Animals in Motion 

In the free "Animals in Motion" online lesson created by the Center for Image Processing in Education (CIPE)* for the National Science Digital Library program, learners use a Flash animation running in a browser to study how animals and humans move. Students examine images captured by Eadweard Muybridge in the late nineteenth century. By starting, slowing, and stopping the animation, learners gain valuable insights into biomechanics of bipeds and quadrupeds.
Eadweard Muybridge, an English photographer who lived from 1830 to 1904, achieved lasting fame by using science to settle a popularly-debated question of his time: whether all four of a horse's hooves are off the ground at the same time during a trot. Find out the answer by working through the "Animals in Motion" lesson.
Muybridge's Famous Galloping Horse
Access the Lesson (Appropriate for the middle grades and high school)

Additional Source: Wikipedia

*CIPE was Science Approach's nonprofit precursor.

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