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"Ask a Biologist" Website

Dr. Biology - the comic book persona behind the Ask A Biologist program

Arizona State University's (ASU) "Ask a Biologist" is an interactive and educational website for students in grades pre-K to 12, and their teachers and parents. Students can "ask a biologist" a question in biology and also access the audio and visual media and educational activities that range from identifying birds to trying their own science experiments. The website is filled with puzzles, quizzes, games, videos, audio interviews, science career pages and teacher resources and materials. Common biological concepts are explained through these fun and interesting activities and links to additional resources are provided. The site also holds various contests: Check out the submissions to the "Ugly Bug" contest and vote for the ugliest bug by Dec. 15, 2010. Enter the Podcast Contest to guest host and interview one of the leading researchers in the School of Life Sciences at ASU.

"Ask a Biologist" is visited by over 3,000 people every day and over 1 million people per year. More than 150 contributors are involved in the site, including scientists, artists and experts from the U.S. and around the world.

On Nov. 25, 2010, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) awarded the "Ask a Biologist" website the Science Prize for Online Resources in Education, or the SPORE award. Additional awards for "Ask a Biologist" include the 2008 Silver Quill, the 2004 Digital Education Achievement Award (DEAA), the 2004 Arizona and Technology in Education Alliance (AZTEA) award, the 2003 ASU President's Award for Innovation and the Pacific Bell Knowledge Netork Blue Web'N Site.



Credit: ASU Ask A Biologist