Evolution is often taught on a macro scale, with a focus on changes to animals over vast periods of time. Such changes are dramatic, but occur on such a long time scale that it can be abstract to the students. This curriculum serves as a supplement to traditional methods of teaching evolution. It gives students the opportunity to design an experiment to make bacteria to evolve so they can apply the concepts of selective pressure, fitness, and adaptation and see evolution happening before their eyes.
GRADE LEVEL: 9-12 Biology, AP Biology, Undergraduate
DURATION: Variable, but usually a week, comprised of three full 50-minute periods, plus 15 minutes on each of two days.
Students will be able to: