For the Population Course, GCE Sophomores investigated the following guiding question:

How can you speak the language of scientists who classify?

Here’s the scenario students were challenged with:

“Your local children’s museum is planning a STEAM exhibit (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) to use art to teach children how we classify organisms in a scientific context. The exhibit will feature collage images with popups or tabs to illustrate each distinction, from kingdom down to species. Some traits will be internal, so the images must be versatile. You will choose an organism from the list given and unleash your inner artist, mathematician, and scientist to collaborate on this project. See the attached example for one of the collages that has already been chosen for the exhibit and consult the rubric for specific requirements the museum has for each entry.

Click on the animals in the Venn Diagram below to see the students’ work.

National Standards: Project Alignment with Common Core NextGen Standards

HS-LS3-2. Make and defend a claim based on evidence that inheritable genetic variations may result from: (1) new genetic combinations through meiosis, (2) viable errors occurring during replication, and/or (3) mutations caused by environmental factors.

HS-LS4-1. Communicate scientific information that common ancestry and biological evolution are supported by multiple lines of empirical evidence.

HS-LS4-2. Construct an explanation based on evidence that the process of evolution primarily results from four factors: (1) the potential for a species to increase in number, (2) the heritable genetic variation of individuals in a species due to mutation and sexual reproduction, (3) competition for limited resources, and (4) the proliferation of those organisms that are better able to survive and reproduce in the environment.

HS-LS4-4. Construct an explanation based on evidence for how natural selection leads to adaptation of populations.

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What underlies the diversity of life, where our ancestors come from and how we became the human beings we are now? How can we quantify and measure change? With the tools of logic, statistics, and exponential growth, you will study diverse populations a …

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