In this lab, students prepare and analyze virtual bacterial DNA samples. In the process, they learn about several common molecular biology methods, including DNA extraction, PCR, and DNA sequencing and analysis. These methods are applicable in a wide variety of settings, including scientific research and forensic labs.
The Lizard Evolution Virtual Lab was developed by a team of scientists, educators, graphic artists, and film makers to explore the evolution of the anole lizards in the Caribbean. A3MG provided interface design and graphics as well as the programming of BioInteractive’s latest virtual lab.
The virtual lab includes four modules that investigate different concepts in evolutionary biology, including adaptation, convergent evolution, phylogenetic analysis, reproductive isolation, and speciation. Each module involves data collection, calculations, analysis and answering questions.
A3MG worked with a team of scientists, science writers, and teachers to produce this virtual lab for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Department of Science Education. A3MG created the 3-D illustrations, interactive sequences, and overall graphics. The lab was programmed using web standards allowing it to run on most modern browsers and mobile devices including the iPad.
The Stickleback Evolution Virtual Lab will introduce you to the science and techniques used to analyze the forms and structures of organisms—in particular, the pelvic structures of the threespine stickleback fish (Gasterosteus aculeatus). The lab includes three experiments in which you will collect and analyze data using photographs of living fish specimens and fossils.
Awards: 2013 Communicator Awards; Silver Award of Distinction