The Miracle of Life

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With this animated, storybook-style application, journey through the phenomenal processes of fertilization, gestation, and human development. 

5th - 8th Science 111 Views 34 Downloads
App Overview

It begins as an animated adventure through the female reproductive system! Each of the following animated selections allows the user to scroll through part of the process. A small box in the upper-right corner displays elapsed time, while an orange bar across the bottom explains what is happening at that time. There are stops along the way featuring interactive texts for further learning.

Fertilization: Freshly deposited sperm travel through the vagina

  • The Great Race: Details the path the sperm must travel
  • Sperm: Anatomy of a sperm cell
  • A Hostile Environment: Anatomy of the female reproductive system
  • The Egg: Phases that an egg goes through prior to release
  • Conception: Four phases once a sperm cell reaches the egg

Implantation: Roll the fertilized egg down the Fallopian tube

  • Implantation: Embryonic development through the eighth week

Gestation: Development from embryo through fetus

  • Twins: What leads to identical and fraternal twins
  • The Sonogram: Otherwise known as an ultrasound
  • The Umbilical Cord: Placenta, umbilical arteries and veins, and the amniotic sac
  • Heartbeats: Heart monitors for both the mother and the fetus
  • Changes for the Mother: Characteristics of the three trimesters
  • Neurons: Focus on fetal brain development
  • The Birth: Dilation, birth, and expelling of the placenta

Growth: From birth through adolescence

  • Birthrate map: World map simulation showing a sparkle when and where a baby is born
  • Baby teeth: A panoramic x-ray, diagram of tooth cross-section, and an open mouth showing when each tooth should emerge
  • Beginning to talk: Organs involved with speech
  • Growth: Cell structure and mitosis
  • The Hormonal Revolution: Puberty in males and females
  • Body Formed: Functions of different body systems
  • Middle Age: Changes that occur with aging
  • Life Expectancy: Play a game to match animals to their expected life spans

Options:

  • Language: English or Spanish
  • Sound: On or off

Game: The Race of Life is a game consisting of five stages for a traveling sperm cell to meet the egg, avoiding obstacles along the way

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Rating Details

  • Adherence to task

    Tastefully and accurately conveys sensitive material

  • Worth the money

    Quality material on reproduction is a rare find and worth the $8.99 price tag

  • Fun factor

    The game can be frustrating, but overall, this is an engaging app

  • Scaffolding of learning
  • User safety
  • Control and feedback
  • How techie do I need to be?
    Intermediate
Instructional Ideas

This can be used as an illustrative presentation on human development for your health class.

Classroom Considerations

The Race of Life game is difficult to maneuver and it does not really have much educational value. You may want to use this application purely for the terrific teaching tool that it is.

Pros

  • Comprehensive subject coverage
  • Age-appropriate language and imagery
  • Plenty of engaging interactive features
Cons

  • Tilt-to-move capability on the game is counterintuitive; it moves the sperm left when you tip right, and right when you tip left, making it difficult to advance to higher levels
  • A little slow to load animations