Most Recent Review
Excellent Natural Selection model!
I had my Biology classes explore this individually (9th graders), after they had studied genetics, and after many had learned about animal and plant breeding in their AgriScience classes.
They used one of the teacher-created guides to structure their explorations.
The last step was a challenge to get a stable population, and to explain what made it stable, ecologically and in general terms of population genetics.
A few students who'd often given paper and book assignments short shrift engaged eagerly with this sim. The most striking surprise that hit home for me the value of this activity: the focused engagement by two students whose meager literacy skills made academics a struggle.
We didn't begin to tap into the features that would allow advanced users to quantify the population genetics.
This would be a great activity for your Math Dept teachers to know about.
Realistic data for statistical analysis.
The sim allows fruitful connection-making at the middle school level (seeing selection against and for individuals with easily observed traits, due to a change in predation pressure or type of vegetation, and in combination with seasonal change).