Extreme Math & Science Friday: Foraging

Extreme Math & Science Friday: Foraging

Today in Extreme Math and Science, the students created a fitness modeling using excel, dice, and a dragonfly model. The students played a game simulating the life of a dragonfly and made decisions about foraging, mates and risk.  Based on their findings, the students then analyzed any errors they may have made and whether those errors were statistically significant.

Ask your student: What is foraging? (Foraging is searching for wild food resources. It affects an animal’s fitness because it plays an important role in an animal’s ability to survive and reproduce.)

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Extreme Math & Science – Thursday: Modeling

Extreme Math & Science – Thursday: Modeling

Today in Extreme Math and Science, students created their own model from scratch on VenSim. They came up with their own ideas for their model and then created it. After it was created they ran different checks on it and then saw how the unknown factors affected the model.

Ask your students: How did your group create your model?

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Extreme Math & Science – Wednesday: Lincoln & Peterson

Extreme Math & Science – Wednesday: Lincoln & Peterson

Today in Extreme Math and Science, students estimated unknown sample size by using the Lincoln Petersen method of population estimates using capture-mark-recapture methods. The students estimated populations and statistically compared them to figure out how accurate their estimations were.

Ask your student: What is the Lincoln-Peterson method? (It estimates of population size are based on a simple ratio and depend on the assumption that the population is closed to emigration, immigration, births or mortality during the sampling period)

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Extreme Math & Science Tuesday: Predator vs Prey

Extreme Math & Science Tuesday: Predator vs Prey

Today, students used their discoveries from Monday and compare them to what they learned using the VenSim model about predator and prey. As a class they discovered what they learned is the same and different than the information they found yesterday. Students also showed how modifying equations work, and tried to model the data collected from the Wolf-Deer Game from Monday with the model.

Ask your student: What happens if there is not enough prey to feed the predator? (the predators begin to die off)

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Extreme Math & Science @ IMSA – Monday: Gettin’ Fit

Extreme Math & Science @ IMSA – Monday: Gettin’ Fit

Today in Extreme Math and Science, the students learned the basics of ecology, fitness, and behavior where they devised their own methods to see if they could figure out how many beans were in a flask without directly counting them. This activity can be translated to the real world in a sense that they were estimating unknown populations of a species or number of particles.

Ask your student: What is fitness?  (In genetic terms, the probability of finding one of your genes in future generations.)

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