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Natural Selection

Natural Selection

Learners simulate the process of natural selection using a variety of beans and a bowl with a hole cut into it. The variety of beans represents the variation in a population of microbes, and the bowl with a hole represents an antibiotic or some other selective pressure on the population. Only the beans that survive (don't fall through the hole) are allowed to reproduce for the next generation. Learners record and plot the number of each kind of bean through multiple generations. This activity also addresses the process of scientific investigation as learners are encouraged to design their own method of experimentation, make a hypothesis, record data, and share their results.

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