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Natural selection - Mr. Volk's Mad Science Website at Drake Middle School

Natural selection - Mr. Volk's Mad Science Website at Drake Middle School

Not your average bird beak lab!  Students will start with a hands on activity to collect data, then USE that data to predict the future of two island populations in 500 years after mutations arise. Middle school students often have a hard time understanding the difference between the mutations that create new traits and the natural selection that chooses the helpful ones.

Bird Beak Island: A Natural Selection Scenario

Not your average bird beak lab! Students will start with a hands on activity to collect data, then USE that data to predict the future of two island populations in 500 years after mutations arise. Middle school students often have a hard time understanding the difference between the mutations that create new traits and the natural selection that chooses the helpful ones.

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