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Phylogenetics
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This activity lets learners participate in the process of reconstructing a phylogenetic tree and introduces them to several core bioinformatics concepts, particularly in relation to evolution. Groups of learners (at least 10) repeat a secret message (five to seven similar-sounding words) like the game "Telephone". In this version of the game, however, learners write and then code what they hear, creating a model of a phylogenetic tree and using a species distance matrix. This resource includes background information about phylogenetic trees, maximum parsimony, and matrix theory (see page 6-7 of PDF).

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Computer Science
Engineering
Information Science
Education
Life Science
Mathematics
Anthropology
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Activity/Lab
Game
Lesson Plan
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Computer Science Unplugged
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
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Computer Science Unplugged
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
Brian Mason Scientific and Technical Trust
Computer Science Unplugged
Google Inc.
Jim Becker
Katrin Becker
Truman State University
Date Added:
01/02/2005
Programming Languages
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In this activity related to computer programming, learners give directions to a "robot" (either an adult or another learner) and find out which instructions the robot is able to follow, and how their instructions are taken literally. This activity will simulate how computers follow instructions very precisely, which can be frustrating at times. This activity also helps learners understand instruction set size (large complex vs. small efficient).

Subject:
Computer Science
Engineering
Education
Life Science
Anthropology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Simulation
Provider:
Computer Science Unplugged
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
Computer Science Unplugged
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
Brian Mason Scientific and Technical Trust
Computer Science Unplugged
Google Inc.
Jason Clutterbuck
Richard Nelson
Sebastian Hšhna
Sebastian Hí_hna
Stefan Marks
Wilson Siringoringo
Date Added:
01/02/2008
Smaller Than You Think
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Read the Fine Print
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Learners compare a life-size drawing of a Tyrannosaurus rex head and a full-size Sinornithosaurus body to understand that dinosaurs varied in size. Learners trace individual pieces of a dinosaur on paper and then work together as a group to arrange the pieces of the "puzzle". This is an opportunity to understand scale drawings as well as learn how to work as a group.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Education
Life Science
Mathematics
Anthropology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
American Museum of Natural History
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
American Museum of Natural History
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
American Museum of Natural History
Date Added:
10/31/2007