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Wednesday, June 9 • 9:30am - 10:00am
Scientific Inquiry in an Alien Zoo: Applying knowledge and skills to solve novel but realistic problems in a virtual intergalactic wildlife sanctuary

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This session describes an approach to biology education that engages students in virtual research experiences to strengthen skills in quantitative reasoning, problem solving, teamwork, and communication. These experience occur in a fictional world, where an artificially intelligence created an intergalactic wildlife sanctuary to preserve life that has gone extinct on its original planet. Students will apply knowledge and skills to solve real-world problems, such as preventing disease and preserving genetic diversity, with reflections on how similar problems can be solved on Earth.

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Michael Angilletta

President's Professor, Arizona State University
Michael Angilletta directs the Center for Learning Innovation in Science at ASU. Previously, he directed undergraduate programs in the School of Life Sciences, which launched the first online program conferring a BS in biology.
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John VandenBrooks

Associate Professor, Arizona State University
John VandenBrooks is an Associate Professor of Physiology who has developed innovative curriculum for digital platforms at ASU, most recently in collaboration with Dreamscape Immersive.  John holds a PhD in Geology from Yale University and a B.S. in Chemistry from the University... Read More →

Wednesday June 9, 2021 9:30am - 10:00am PDT