$50K Biotech Center Grant Puts Animation at W-S School
A $50,000 grant from the North Carolina Biotechnology Center will let seniors at Atkins Academic and Technology High School in Winston-Salem help produce and share animated educational videos about biotechnology through a joint project with local educators, scientists and animators.
The school, one of the few in North Carolina with a biotechnology curriculum for college-bound students, will partner in the project with Wake Forest University's department of physics, the Center for Biomolecular Imaging of Wake Forest University Health Sciences, the Center for Design Innovation, and faculty and students from 3-D animation programs at Winston-Salem State University, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and Forsyth Tech.
Animations produced in the three-year project, "Visualizing Biotechnology in Four Dimensions: Hands-on Learning in High School," will be made available to other high school students across North Carolina to teach them how biotechnology harnesses cellular machinery to cure diseases, detect biohazards and manufacture new materials. The project will start in the fall.
Each two- to three-minute animation will depict living cells at the molecular level in four dimensions -- 3-D space plus movements over time. Cellular activity will be portrayed as a complex city with scenes of molecular machinery shuttling cargo, copying DNA, splicing proteins and fighting viruses.