Bionic eye module 3


Learning Outcome: Students implement the principles of energy conversion to demonstrate the sequence of events leading to the perception of the image on the retina by the brain.

Design descriptors

  • Students complete an activity that explores the idea that resolution is an important aspect of visual acuity.
  • Students explore how a moving field of view can assist in constructing a representation of a static image in the brain through an identification game (to demonstrate that the visual cortex takes many pieces of information and collates them into a meaningful image)
  • Students watch a video to support their understanding of the biochemistry of signal transduction in the eye and the role of the visual cortex in organisation and interpretation of stimulus information.

Assumptions/Prior knowledge

  • An image (light) is required to form on the retina which serves as a screen (of sorts).

Misconceptions (common, not exhaustive)


Education Design team

  • Associate Professor Peter Hubber Deakin University
  • Chris Szwed Education Officer, GTAC
  • Meg Gleeson Student, Deakin University
  • Uyen (Lavie) Vo Student, MTeach Secondary, The University of Melbourne
  • Xavier Saunder Student, Deakin University
  • Duncan Goddard Education Officer, GTAC


  • Dr James Fallon Bionics Institute, Senior Research Fellow

This teaching sequence has been developed by the Gene Technology Access Centre (GTAC), Deakin University and The University of Melbourne thanks to the Reconceptualising Mathematics and Science Teacher Education Programs (ReMSTEP) project.

Published early 2017