Respiratory Gas Exchange Explanimated

December 2015
What I did
  • Research
  • Script
  • Illustration
  • Animation
The Situation

Getting high school students to read a textbook can be like pulling teeth. With this explanimation, I helped an anatomy and physiology teacher take a different approach. One concept students were struggling to understand was how oxygen in the air we breath reaches the cells of the body to be used as energy. I talked to the teacher to grasp students' most common points of confusion.

The Solution

I went back to my high school notes (yup, I'm a packrat) to help me get in the mindset of a high schooler trying to understand this concept. I compared these notes to two different textbooks to get an idea of how the info is typically presented and how I could fill in any gaps in understanding. I broke down the physiological steps and explanimated them to help students visualize the process at each key point in the body.


Silverthorn, Dee Unglaub. Human Physiology: An Integrated Approach. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2001. Print

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