The Evolution Lab is part of NOVA Labs, a digital platform that engages teenagers and lifelong learners in games and interactives that foster authentic scientific exploration. From predicting solar storms and building renewable energy systems to tracking hurricanes and designing molecules, NOVA Labs users can conduct investigations by visualizing, analyzing, and sharing the same data that scientists use.
Each Lab focuses on a different area of active research and includes an activity where users explore a new data set and/or scientific phenomenon. While the experiences vary—some being more exploratory, others being driven by narrative gameplay—they all encourage users to conduct their own scientific analyses and investigations.
PBS, WGBH, NOVA
Harvard University’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Students, Educators, General Audience
Play this Lab and you’ll be on your way to becoming an expert in phylogenetics––a fancy name for the study of the evolutionary relationships among species. The information and concepts you learn along the way will provide a strong foundation for pursuing any topic in the life sciences, from astrobiology to zoology. As Russian biologist Theodosius Dobzhansky noted in the title of his 1973 essay, “Nothing in biology makes sense except in light of evolution.”
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Web Application, Interactive Data Visualizations, Game