Sumanas provides animation (not cartoons) that help students understand a variety of science and statistics concepts. Categories include biology, chemistry, astronomy, environmental science and others with the biology section having the largest selection. For example, students can learn about meiosis, mitosis, cellular organelles and many other topics in biology. The environmental science section includes animations about solar cells, carbon cycle and the greenhouse effect.
The animations can be paused so the teacher can stop the presentations for class discussions making them great for for whole group instruction via a projector. The animations are also narrated so students can use them independently to learn new content or review topics they’ve learned in class.
The Science in Focus section of the site uses animation to bring to life important science topics in the news. Topics include gene therapy, antibiotic resistance and anthrax among others.
The target audience for these resources is middle and high school students but there may be some that would be applicable to younger students as well.