New Species Found is an experiential learning program that puts you in control of your own futuristic submarine to dive deep into the sea and STEM learning. Players learn the attributes of underwater biomes and the sea creatures that inhabit these amazing underwater worlds. Young players become Marine Biologists. They photograph and use deductive reasoning to classify the sea life they find. They may even 'perhaps' make a scientific discovery!
Lab 4 places students in a very specific role that uses the ‘observe and report’ aspect of the Scientific Method. As students take pictures, they are collecting data about the subjects. With this data, they then classify the subjects based on already observed and established criteria. Like the S.P.IN lab, Lab 4 provides students with a unique way of familiarizing themselves with a complex field of work. The job is incredibly complex, yet the basic formula remains the same: Observing and collecting data, then using the data to classify and make conclusions.
Next Generation Science Standards
Students who demonstrate understading can:
Develop and use a model to describe why structural changes to genes (mutations) located on chromosomes may affect proteins and may result in harmful, beneficial, or neutral effects to the structure and function of the organism
RST.6-8.1 Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts
RST.6-8.4 Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 6-8 texts and topics
RST.6-8.7 Integrate quantitative or technical information expressed in words in a text with a version of that information expressed visually (e.g. in a flowchart, diagram, model, graph, or table)
SL.8.5 Integrate quantitative or technical information expressed in words in a text with a version of that information expressed visually (e.g., in a flowchart, diagram, model, graph, or table)