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Learning objects Eyeball challenge: mission 1


Investigate a range of animal eyes: dog, cat, bee, fish, eagle and human. Discover how these animals see things in different ways because their eyes have different structures. For example, look at an animal's field of view, how it focuses and sees colours. Find your way through an ancient temple by choosing eyes suited to avoiding hazards and solving puzzles (killer bees, wall tile, rock bridge). Explore each vision system to work out how to reach the treasure. This learning object is a combination of three objects in a series of seven objects.

Educational details

Key learning objectives
  • Students explore the structure and function of the eyes of a range of animals.
  • Students compare how different animals perceive the same scene as a result of differences in their visual systems.
Educational value
  • Provides details of the visual systems of six animals, including humans.
  • Includes animations to illustrate the structure and functioning of animal eyes.
  • Compares and contrasts the way different animals perceive the same scene.
  • Encourages students to apply their knowledge of animal vision by solving a series of puzzles.
Year level

5; 6; 7; 8

Learning area
  • science
  • Science/Science understanding
    • Science/Structure
    • Science/Senses
    • Science/Animals
    • Science/Function
    • Science/Human body
    • Knowledge;
    • Comprehension;
    • Application;
    • Analysis
    Student activity
    • Interactives;
    • Games;
    • Analysis;
    • Modelling
    Learning design
    • Experiential learning;
    • Independent learning;
    • Problem solving;
    • Visual learning

    Other details

    • Subject matter expert
    • Organisation: Department of Education, Tasmania; e-magine Centre of Excellence in Online Learning
    • Address: Hobart TAS 7000 Australia
    • URL:
    • Subject matter expert
    • Name: Graham Coghill
    • Address: Marcus Beach QLD 4573 Australia
    • Subject matter expert
    • Name: David Croft
    • Organisation: University of New South Wales; School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences; Arid Zone Field Station
    • Address: Fowlers Gap via Broken Hill NSW 2880 Australia
    • URL:
    • Technical implementer
    • Publisher
    • Date of contribution: 28 Jan 2014
    • Organisation: Education Services Australia
    • Address: Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
    • URL:
    Access profile
    • Hearing independence
    Learning resource type
    • Interactive Resource
    • Microsoft Internet Explorer - minimum version: 8.0 (MS-Windows) - maximum version: 9.0 (MS-Windows)
    • Firefox - minimum version: (MS-Windows)
    • Safari - minimum version: 5.1 (MacOS)
    Operating systems
    • MacOS - minimum version: 10.6
    • MS-Windows - minimum version: XP - maximum version: 7
    Platform requirements
    • Initial load time and load time on some screens may exceed 10 seconds on a dedicated 64kbps connection due to the use of rich media content.
    • © Education Services Australia Ltd, 2013, except where indicated under Acknowledgements.