EVO DEVO: Play the game I created during my Fulbright!
This past year, I had the amazing opportunity to study biology in Australia on a Fulbright Scholarship. As part of the grant, I created a game to explain my field of research – Evolutionary Development, affectionately shortened to “Evo-Devo.”
Evo-Devo is a hot field in biology. Evo-Devo explores how embryonic development facilitates the relationship between genes and evolution, which is the cornerstone of modern biology. The field highlights how small changes in growth during development leads to big evolutionary changes.
In the game, EVO DEVO, you are competing with your friends to modify ancestral embryos with growth cards in order to create modern animals! Your strategy may be to find the most efficient way to create an animal or it may be to sabotage your friends’ efforts to do the same!
EVO DEVO is aligned with current science standards in Australia (ACSSU185) and in the United States (Next Generation Science Standards MS-LS4-3 and HS-LS4-1) that require students to consider different lines of evidence for evolution including embryonic development.
Due to the unique developmental adaptations present in Australia, about half of the animals featured in the game are Australian!