Modeling Evolution in the Classroom: An Interactive LEGO Simulation

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Abstract

Evolutionary theory is critical for a comprehensive understanding of biology, yet students often fail to grasp its underlying principles. This results partially from ineffective teaching; however, the use of interactive activities could alleviate this problem. In this guided investigation of evolutionary mechanisms, students use LEGO bricks to simulate how mutation, migration, genetic drift, and natural selection can affect the evolution of a population. This exercise was undertaken and assessed with college introductory biology students, but is also appropriate for advanced high school students.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)128-134
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Biology Teacher
Volume79
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2017

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Keywords

  • evolution
  • interactive
  • mutation
  • natural selection
  • simulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)

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