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Saturday, April 9 • 8:30am - 9:15am
AvidaED and Teaching Evolution in a Project Based Classroom

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Understanding evolution is critical for understanding biology, but its abstract nature can make it a difficult concept for students to grasp. Experimental work is typically limited to growth of bacteria, and is not always successful under the time and resource constraints of the classroom. Avida-ED, an award-winning, educational application that simulates evolution, was developed by scientists at Michigan State University to overcome some of these challenges. Avida-ED gives students the opportunity to design evolution experiments and test hypotheses using digital organisms. We present our experience of implementing Avida-ED in a project-based learning environment and pose ideas for future use. 


Cate Challen

Teacher, High Tech High GSE
I am an improvement coach at the High Tech High Graduate School of Education. I partner with middle school teachers across Southern California to develop equitable practices for students. We use continuous improvement structures to identify success and drive progress. 

Matt Leader

11th Grade Biology Teacher/Science Methods Instruc, High Tech High/HTH GSE
Matthew Leader is an 11th grade biology teacher at High Tech High North County and is a science methods instructor with HTH’s Graduate School of Education. Prior to High Tech, he volunteered in community development projects in Central America and worked in microbiology at the Scripps... Read More →

Saturday April 9, 2016 8:30am - 9:15am PDT
Room 53-544A 8800 Grossmont College Drive, El Cajon, CA 92020