How to stimulate young people about science and teach them scientific concepts in a simple and entertaining way? “Me and my body” is a short animated video that explores the concept of cells and the different methodologies used by scientists in their research. Having as target public children from 6 to 12 years old, our goal is to explain the existence of different types of cells and their function, and how the cell type diversity is essential for the existence of organs, which shapes and functions are also different. In addition, it is addressed how scientific knowledge in biomedicine is acquired, namely the use of in vitro techniques, microscopy and animal research, and scientific research’s contribution to human health. The use of image is beneficial when introducing difficult concepts, still not acquired by children, such as the existence of cells. The video here presented was developed in a webcast format,which allows a broad distribution via Internet. It runs in Portuguese but versions with English and Portuguese subtitles are also available. This video can be used in schools, as support material for teachers, or outside schools within the family environment. The video layout and argument was designed taking in consideration the young age of the target public. However, we believe an older audience public may also find this video attractive, and the scientific content present can therefore reach a wider audience.

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Me and my body

Ana Lúcia Mena   Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência, Portugal

Catarina Júlio   Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência, Portugal

Ana Godinho   Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência, Portugal

How to stimulate young people about science and teach them scientific concepts in a simple and entertaining way? “Me and my body” is a short animated video that explores the concept of cells and the different methodologies used by scientists in their research. Having as target public children from 6 to 12 years old, our goal is to explain the existence of different types of cells and their function, and how the cell type diversity is essential for the existence of organs, which shapes and functions are also different. In addition, it is addressed how scientific knowledge in biomedicine is acquired, namely the use of in vitro techniques, microscopy and animal research, and scientific research’s contribution to human health. The use of image is beneficial when introducing difficult concepts, still not acquired by children, such as the existence of cells. The video here presented was developed in a webcast format,which allows a broad distribution via Internet. It runs in Portuguese but versions with English and Portuguese subtitles are also available. This video can be used in schools, as support material for teachers, or outside schools within the family environment. The video layout and argument was designed taking in consideration the young age of the target public. However, we believe an older audience public may also find this video attractive, and the scientific content present can therefore reach a wider audience.

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