This breeding simulation is designed for senior students (16+) and encourages the development of skills in critical thinking and problem solving as well as promoting an understanding of the scientific method. As a teaching tool, Drosophila Genetics Lab can be used in a variety of teaching strategies.
Drosophila Genetics Lab features both a Breeding Simulation Environment and Fly Construction Kit
Students visually count, categorize and record the individual flies, making this a realistic science experience rather than a secondhand data exercise.
Teachers now have the option to allow the students to use an auto-count system to count up to 100,000 flies in seconds, allowing longer experiments, such as those including the calculation of linkage distances, to be completed quickly.
Student reporting is now an option. Students are required to fill in the number and type of flies they observe before the program allows auto-counting, providing the teacher with a report on the students accuracy while counting.
Also includes a Teacher Resource document in pdf format - 84 reproducible pages contain 15 experiments to guide students through examples of:
Other Features of the Breeding Simulation include:
Fly Construction Kit
The Construction Kit allows both students and teachers to create their own plants for unique breeding experiments. The kit features:
The Construction Kit has two modes:
Save each fly with one of 3 genotype display options: