Natural Selection and Adaptation: Cue The Forager
In this lesson, students discover how natural selection can change the number of specific traits in a population. Students will first work in pairs to create a “foraging” program for Cue, then participate in a class-wide simulation of natural selection for a key foraging trait: speed!
- be able to define biological traits and natural selection.
- provide examples of potential selection pressures acting on a population (e.g., predation, competition, environmental conditions, etc.).
- use Cue as a physical model to demonstrate how natural selection can change the proportion of traits in a population.
- create a program and discover how loops, variables, and IF statements can be used together in computer programming.
Target Grades: 6 - 8