Fall Elementary Science Nights

Posted November 17, 2017 by Matthew Andres Moreno in Goings-On, Outreach / 0 Comments

We wrapped up our third elementary science night representing BEACON yesterday. At Marble, Whitehills, and Glencairn schools, members of our lab teamed up with other BEACON friends to share

  • clip birds: learning about how form relates to function by foraging for different-sized seeds with different-sized beaks (i.e. different clothespins)
  • hominid skulls: how do the different skull morphologies relate to function and how can we see differences between organisms?
  • geckos: Travis brought live Crested and Leopard geckos to compare and contrast their adaptations… how can we tell that the geckos came from different environments?
  • giant evolutionary timeline: learning about the different animals that lived across evolutionary time.

Thanks to these schools for hosting us and all the families that came to visit! We’re looking forward to more elementary science nights in the spring. Until then, here are some shots of the BEACON crew in action at this fall’s elementary science nights. Pictured representing our lab are Alex, Emily, Matthew, and Mike.

Mike talks hominid skulls.
Mike talks hominid skulls.
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Matthew Andres Moreno

I am a doctoral student at the Michigan State University Department of Computer Science and Engineering. My research interest is in using digital evolution techniques to investigate scientific questions about evolution. I am currently investigating the relationship between plasticity and evolvability as well as major evolutionary transitions.

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