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Real Kids, Virtual Critters & Amazing Science

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Carolyn Lowe

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Transcript of Real Kids, Virtual Critters & Amazing Science

Species Adaptation and Survival

Bacteria Simulation
Students were antibiotics trying to fight off bacteria. In this simulation there was resistant bacteria that was harder to kill (e.g. one mouse click to kill average bacteria, three mouse clicks to kill resistant bacteria).
Inherited and Acquired traits Activity

Chairs continued


Screen names and passwords
Students chose avatar (animals were used instead of humans)
Allowed students to fly around to see the world
Getting Students Started in Biome
Thirteen 5th and 6th grade students
Attending a rural school in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
Fifty-three students (Preschool through 8th grade).
Students being taught in combined classrooms.
Information about my class at the time of my thesis project
Help you get started
Welcome you and your kids
Show you or your kids the ropes
Teach classes
Let you in on the summer camp
Let your students interact with our students
We can:
A collaborative group of K-12 and university educators called VIBE (Virtual Islands for Better Education) from
South Carolina,
It is also part of:
On server at Northern Michigan University
Global (all over US plus Guatemala, Qatar, Italy)
Controlled by Dr. Carolyn Lowe (security)
Open to schools or kids on their own time
And is:

For kids 5-18
For schools or home
For science learning
For fun, building and socializing.
Based around Earth Systems Science (ESS) and STEAM (STEM + art)
Biome4Kids is:

Carolyn Lowe
Amy Pihlainen

Real Kids,
Virtual Critters
and Amazing Science

Food Web (Continued)
Food Web (Continued)
Food Web
Life Science Museum
Each Student chose different producers, consumers, and decomposers to create
The students created the objects as well as decided how to link the objects in a web form (so someone coming into the museum would understand what they were showing).
(In the video you will see how they made these decisions).
Life Science Museum Food Web
K-7 Standard L.OL:
Develop an understanding that plants and animals (including humans) have basic requirements for maintaining life which include the need for air, water, and a source of energy.
Understand that all life forms can be classified as producers, consumers, or decomposers as they are all part of a global food chain where food/energy is supplied by plants which need light to produce food/energy.
Develop an understanding that plants and animals can be classified by observable traits and physical characteristics.
Understand that all living organisms are composed of cells and they exhibit cell growth and division.
Understand that all plants and animals have a definite life cycle, body parts, and systems to perform specific life functions.

Life Science Museum

Eleven 7th and 8th Grade Students
Students are taught in combined classrooms
Students are creating a life science museum that includes:
A food web
Symbiotic Relationships
Plant and Animal Cells
Information about my Class this Year

Species Adaptation and Survival

Students were given a scenario regarding creatures needing to survive in an environment.
Parameters were given as to environment conditions (e.g. cool/dry season, warm/wet season).
Using that information, students will try to create creatures that would best survive the environment.
Species Adaptation and Survival
Animal Classification Presentations
Animal Classification Presentations
Animal Classification Assignment


Students learned how to…
teleport others
landmark places in the world
chat with nearby people in the world
send messages to each other
linked geometric shapes together
created chairs, houses, pools
Getting Students Started Continued

3D environment
Everything made by the participants.
Participants use avatars - 3D virtual characters
Can be open for global access
Can be a closed system

What is a Virtual World?

Carolyn Lowe

Amy Pihlainen

Or pick up a card from us
Contact Information
Food Web (Continued)
Food Web (Continued)
Students went to the virtual coral reef as a class
Each chose a coral reef animal to research
Students made drawings of their creatures and created PowerPoint presentations
Presented information to classmates in the virtual world
Reinforced their knowledge of animal classification along with learning how to resize, upload photos and create PowerPoint presentations.
Animal Classification Presentations

4 classrooms for 24 + teacher
Science Activities
biosphere, biology, ecology, environmental science
atmosphere, weather
Hydrosphere, Biosphere,
Amy's Project
for Creating
For sharing
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