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HHMI Short Films

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HHMI’s series of short films for the classroom brings fascinating stories of science and scientists to students and teachers. 

“Film is a powerful way to tell stories. … The right story, told well, can be engaging, informative, and memorable.” —Sean B. Carroll

HHMI’s series of short films for the classroom brings fascinating stories of science and scientists to students and teachers. The films aim to bring important scientific advances to life with concrete examples of how science works, how evidence is weighed and tested, and how conclusions are reached.

These compelling stories, in fields ranging from evolutionary biology and genetics to earth science, feature leading scientists and stunning locations around the world. Produced by HHMI’s BioInteractive team, each film runs for about 10 to 30 minutes, a length optimized for use in the classroom.

Importantly, each film is accompanied by a collection of supporting materials, including film guides, quizzes, hands-on activities, and lesson plans, that teachers use to increase the impact of the films in their instruction. Although the films are targeted primarily at the high school level, they have been popular with instructors from middle school through college.

The films and accompanying resources are available for download at BioInteractive.org. Short film DVDs can also be ordered for free through HHMI’s Order Materials page.