Biomedical Animation – Digital Cell Division Student Workshop

Arts Learning Festival - Dr Maya Divjak

In this interactive session, students will gain insight into the process and the steps involved in creating a biomedical animation. Using 3D software typically used in Hollywood cinema productions, we will use embedded dynamics capabilities to create a fluid motion cell division animation.

Many unfamiliar with computer graphics are under the mistaken impression that the ‘computer does it all for you’. Contrary to popular belief, there is in fact no button for ‘make cell divide’.

We will investigate problem-solving techniques for instructing the computer how to achieve an approximation of one of the basic tenets of cell biology. At the end of the festival, each participant’s creation will be composited into a single movie illustrating a sea of actively dividing cells, as would be seen in vitro in a cell culture flask.

After the event, students will have the opportunity to see their work contributing to a cohesive whole. Just as in life, cells create tissues, tissues create organs and organs create systems. This will give students an appreciation of the unity of biology and the fact that the unified whole only exists as a result the constituent tiniest parts.

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Show Details



Year Level Suitability


Curriculum area

The Arts - Visual Arts, Science , Ict, Design & Technology.


Problem Solving Skills, Grounding In Maya 2018 Software,




Two hours


$10 per student


Independent Schools Victoria (West Melbourne, VIC)

School Term:
Term 2


Thu 2 May 2019
9:30 am - 11:30 am
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Fri 3 May 2019
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

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