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ERIC Number: EJ1044395
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Apr
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 19
ISSN: ISSN-0002-7685
Evolving Better Cars: Teaching Evolution by Natural Selection with a Digital Inquiry Activity
Royer, Anne M.; Schultheis, Elizabeth H.
American Biology Teacher, v76 n4 p259-264 Apr 2014
Evolutionary experiments are usually difficult to perform in the classroom because of the large sizes and long timescales of experiments testing evolutionary hypotheses. Computer applications give students a window to observe evolution in action, allowing them to gain comfort with the process of natural selection and facilitating inquiry experimentation. The lesson described here uses a free online program, BoxCar2D, to demonstrate evolution by natural selection in a virtual population of cars. Students will be introduced to the principles of evolution and conduct independent inquiry projects on key predictions from evolution--including convergence, local adaptation, and the role of mutation in adaptation.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: BEACON Center for the Study of Evolution in Action
Authoring Institution: N/A