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!


Students will:

  • 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

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Cue is an incredibly clever robot with a witty attitude that’s full of interactive surprises.