Geniverse

Students investigate dragon phenotypes and genotypes, run breeding experiments and solve genetic problems in a virtual lab.

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Meet Geniverse: online, interactive genetics software for high school and other students. Geniverse is a game-like environment that supports experimentation, critical thinking and writing about genetics. Geniverse is designed for teachers to play an active role in the classroom by guiding students to understand and make connections to real-world genetics. Geniverse shares a pedigree with past Concord Consortium projects reaching back to the pioneering GenScope software and is built upon the same compelling premise—students explore genetics by breeding and studying virtual dragons.

A captivating narrative creates an authentic context for students to dive into genetics. Students use a virtual model species (drakes) to explore the fundamental mechanisms of heredity and genetic diseases and then get a taste of careers in genetics. While following a courageous protagonist on a quest to heal a beloved dragon, students generate their own experimental data as they complete Geniverse challenges. They "publish" their findings using the scientific practice of argumentation, supporting their claims with evidence and reasoning, first in writing, and then in class discussions.

For instructions on getting started with Geniverse along with printable teacher guides, lesson plans and student handouts, visit Geniversity, our teacher resource website!

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Subject
Biology

Focus Area
Modeling and Simulation

Grade Level
High School

License
CC BY 4.0

AAAS Benchmark Alignments (2008)

5. The Living Environment

5B. Heredity
  • 5B/M1b*. By the end of the 8th grade, students should know that in organisms that have two sexes, typically half of the genes come from each parent.
  • 5B/M2a. By the end of the 8th grade, students should know that in sexual reproduction, a single specialized cell from a female merges with a specialized cell from a male.
  • 5B/M2b*. By the end of the 8th grade, students should know that the fertilized egg cell, carrying genetic information from each parent, multiplies to form the complete organism.
  • 5B/M2c. By the end of the 8th grade, students should know that the same genetic information is copied in each cell of the new organism.
  • 5B/M3. By the end of the 8th grade, students should know that new varieties of cultivated plants and domestic animals have resulted from selective breeding for particular traits.
  • 5B/H2. By the end of the 12th grade, students should know that the sorting and recombination of genes in sexual reproduction results in a great variety of possible gene combinations in the offspring of any two parents.
  • 5B/H3*. By the end of the 12th grade, students should know that the information passed from parents to offspring is coded in DNA molecules, long chains linking just four kinds of smaller molecules, whose precise sequence encodes genetic information.
5C. Cells
  • 5C/H4b. By the end of the 12th grade, students should know that the genetic information encoded in DNA molecules is virtually the same for all life forms.

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© Copyright The Concord Consortium

Record Link
<a href="">The Concord Consortium. Geniverse. Concord: The Concord Consortium, 2014, April 9.</a>

AIP
Geniverse (The Concord Consortium, Concord, 2014, April 9), WWW Document, (https://concord.org/).

AJP
Geniverse (The Concord Consortium, Concord, 2014, April 9), WWW Document, (https://concord.org/).

APA
Geniverse. (2014, April 9). Retrieved 2017, March 24, from The Concord Consortium: https://concord.org/

Disclaimer: The Concord Consortium offers citation styles as a guide only. We cannot offer interpretations about citations as this is an automated procedure.

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This activity runs entirely in a Web browser. Preferred browsers are: Google Chrome (versions 30 and above), Safari (versions 7 and above), Firefox (version 30 and above), Internet Explorer (version 10 or higher), and Microsoft's Edge.

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GeniverseThis resource is a part of the Concord Consortium's Geniverse project.

Grade Level
High School
Subject
Biology
Focus Area
Modeling and Simulation
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