State-of-Art Imaging Helps Teach Biology...

HIP Biology I & II (Hands-on Image Processing) are curriculum for grades 9-14 that present 10 lessons in which students analyze digital images to learn biology concepts. 

Using HIP Biology, students make measurements and gather data from scientific images taken from actual research data to understand processes and solve real problems. For example, they can emphasize features in an MRI of a human head or animate images of a dividing cell as seen through a microscope. 

Lessons include comparing X-rays of animal hands, hooves, paws and wings in order to understand evolutionary biology, or analyzing behavioral data and DNA fingerprints to learn about cooperative breeding patterns in hawks. 

HIP Biology I and II each contain a CD-ROM of images, NIH Image software, a Guidebook with 10 ready-to-use lessons, Student Instructions and Data Sheets, and extensive teaching notes. 

The HIP series also includes other science and math titles. Center for Image Processing in Education, Tucson, AZ, (800) 322-9884, M 

This article originally appeared in the 12/01/1996 issue of THE Journal.