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1 April 2014 Evolving Better Cars: Teaching Evolution by Natural Selection with a Digital Inquiry Activity
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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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Anne M. Royer and Elizabeth H. Schultheis "Evolving Better Cars: Teaching Evolution by Natural Selection with a Digital Inquiry Activity," The American Biology Teacher 76(4), 259-264, (1 April 2014). https://doi.org/10.1525/abt.2014.76.4.8
Published: 1 April 2014
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