National Institutes of Health

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is a federal agency that conducts biomedical research with the goal of reducing illness and lengthening life. Along the way, all kinds of scientific discoveries are made.

On this page you will find a collection of educational resources based on NIH research and developed to help you learn about science and your health.

From videos that will teach you about what causes color blindness, the parts of the brain, or how an X-ray works to illustrations of cell division, we have a wealth of resources available.

Please check back to the NIH page regularly for useful learning tools.

  • Dilated Eye Exam Animation

    This animations shows what a doctor sees when examining the eye during a comprehensive dilated eye exam. Parts of the eye are identified, including the retina, optic nerve and macula. The video describes how diseases such as glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy appear inside the eye.

    Grades: 6-13+
  • 3-D Brain Animation

    This 3D digital model of the brain from the National Institutes of Health demonstrates the anatomy and functional aspects of the brain. The various lobes and parts of the brain stem are highlighted and labeled. The animation also identifies those areas of the brain responsible for communication, hormone secretion, and the limbic system.

    Grades: 6-13+
  • Noisy Planet Teacher Toolkit

    Noisy Planet’s Teacher Toolkit will help you teach preteens about the causes and prevention of noise-induced hearing loss. It provides easy-to-use resources and step-by-step instructions for fun activities.

    This toolkit builds on the success of classroom presentations conducted by the Noisy Planet team at schools within the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, and offers key resources and tools to teachers, school nurses, and other educators across the country.

    Grades: 2-6, 13+