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Education and Outreach

Soltis, Douglas [1], Soltis, Pamela S. [2], Guralnick, Rob [3].

Teaching the Tree of Life II: Viewing an animated movie on the tree of life, TreeTender.

In this session we show our 15 minute animated movie, TreeTender (see The animated movie uses the tree of life as a metaphor to teach viewers about the importance as well as threats to the species on our planet. The animated movie was done as a collaboration involving scientists at the Florida Museum and a group of artists at Digital Worlds, University of Florida; these workers specialize in making Pixar-like animated movies. By bringing science and art together we hope we are able to teach the importance of the tree of life more effectively than via standard lecture formats and grab viewers emotionally through two lovable characters. The movie has also been divided into shorter teaching segments for specific topics (e.g., symbiosis).

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1 - Florida Museum Of Natural History, Gainesville, FL, 32611.0, United States
2 - Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida, 1659 Museum Road, Gainesville, Florida, 32611, United States
3 - University of Florida, Florida Museum of Natural History, Dickinson Hall, Gainesville, FL, 32611, United States


Presentation Type: Oral Paper
Session: 17, Contributed Papers: Education and Outreach I
Location: 104/Mayo Civic Center
Date: Tuesday, July 24th, 2018
Time: 10:45 AM
Number: 17011
Abstract ID:777
Candidate for Awards:None

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