Simulations & software teaching tools

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Master launcher for (almost) all thinkBio software: Control Center

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Module Brief description Area Features
MendelPede Deduce genotype from phenotype; explore non-Mendelian cases Genetics crosses, deduction, exceptions to Mendel, autoGrade, homework
xPloratory Material under development Universal Generally, re-creating desktop apps in web-friendly form
FillBlanks Gamified content review Universal; learning + review Interactive fill in the blanks... with hinting!
x_plorer How to determine dominant trait Genetics crosses, deduction, enumeration of hypotheses
PatternMaster ** Deduce an underlying pattern in visual 'data' Sci method hypothesis, prediction, test, autoGrade, homework, genetics
Cricket (advanced) ** Follow the footsteps of Crick et al. as they deduce the 3-letter nature of the code Genetics crosses, deduction, homework, genetics
PathFinder (advanced) Use Saccharomyces, make deductions about gene number and path order Genetics simulation, genetics, crosses, homework
Information Flow Conceptual exploration of storage, transmission and 'interpretation' of cellular information IntroBio Central dogma, overview, transcription, translation, replication
Quantum Mine Deduce location of 'gems' from indirect data Sci Method scientific method, deduction, logic, experiment
ProFolder Demo of protein folding principles, reproducibility Structure amino acids, folding
StructViewer Small molecule structures and properties Structure bases, amino acids, bonds
BasePairer ** How and why bases fit together Structure DNA, bases, H-bonds
Amino Acid Dancer Compare the flexibility, diversity of amino acids to rigidity of bases Structure amino acids, bases, folding
Hang Twenty Learn amino acid 1-letter codes playing Hangman Vocabulary game, vocubulary
Opsinize Mutate a red-sensitive opsin into a green-sensitive one Structure structure-function, evolution, mutation, genetic code
part of cohesive unit on opsin, color vision evolution
VocabuWary Gamified, unique vocabulary learning Vocabulary Gamified, fast-response vocab training using a variety of contexts
XWords IntroBio topical crosswords Vocabulary Crosswords with some enhanced features (images, multiple clues, hints)

Module introducing basic concepts in speciation, evolution, trees

Overview movie
Evolution 'evolution' of island-hopping 'protobug'; features acquired by random mutation + environment-driven selection
Silverswords Discover relatedness of Hawaiian silverswords
Overview movie
Evolution intuitive sequence alignment, use real data, images of plants, info on habitat to draw valid conclusions
FlowerPower Select monkeyflowers toward bee or hummingbird pollinators Evolution Based on actual images and (conceptually correct) underlying genetics; derived from work by Toby Bradshaw and colleagues
OperoNation Figure out the inner workings of an operon; map genes to roles Genetics Bacterial sex, operons, dominance, cis-trans
Gameter ** Explore meiosis by designing chromosomes and observing animation of meiosis Genetics meiosis, genes, alleles, linkage, segregation
Tubulin ** Adjust kinetic parameters (ATPase rate, disociation rate) of tubulins to give rise to chromosome-capture capable microtubules Cell biology, biochemistry, evolution meiosis, chromosomes, machines, timers
PediDucer Deduce genotypes; provide justification for ansewrs Genetics, logic Logic, hypothesis testing, necessary-sufficient argumentation