HudsonAlpha offers four digital education resources to students, teachers and the public: the Progress of Science timeline, GenomeCache®, HudsonAlpha iCell® and Touching Triton® — our newest online activity.
The contents of a cell and the differences between bacterial, plant and animal cells are among the most challenging concepts on science assessment tests. HudsonAlpha iCell® is an interactive simulation that allows students and teachers to explore the inner workings of a typical animal, plant or bacterial cell. Unlike flat, static images from a textbook, iCell® offers a 3-D representation of cellular components, giving students a context for learning fundamental cell structure and function. iCell® is a free app available online or on portable devices via the Windows Store, Android Marketplace and Apple iTunes. The app has been named an Apple App Store staff favorite for education and has been downloaded more than one million times since its debut.
Progress of Science
The interactive timeline tool Progress of Science, available online at timeline.hudsonalpha.org, allows users to stroll through 10,000 years of biotechnology, linking biology, discovery and human culture. Biotechnology has roots that stretch back to the dawn of civilization, combining concepts from several branches of science, including genetics, cell biology, biochemistry and information technology. Students can browse those discoveries on the timeline, connect them with world events by era, and trace the formation of new ideas and theories.
Use the GenomeCache® app to create a Genome Walk – a scaled model of the genetic information found across the human chromosomes. GenomeCache® allows students to experience and learn more about their genomes through clues, fun facts and trivia questions. Download the free app and use the tools on its associated website, genomecache.hudsonalpha.org, to discover an interactive and entertaining way to explore the human genome. GenomeCache® is available for Apple devices on iTunes here.
Touching Triton® is an online learning activity about the complex origin of human disease, including associated genetic and environmental risks. This engaging activity focuses on a group of individuals embarking on a 20-year mission to explore a moon of Neptune. Students are tasked with identifying each individual’s risk of developing a series of complex diseases. Family histories, medical records and genetic results are used to make risk decisions. Students then recommend what should be packed for the space voyage to maximize the likelihood of the crew successfully completing the mission.