Inquiries in Science: Carrying Capacity Kit

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  • Use a simulation to explore growth of a bird population over several generations
  • Generate J- and S-shaped population curves
  • Design and modify computer population models
A Carolina Exclusive! Grades 9—12. Students explore and build several mathematical and computer models of population growth. The activity begins with students using a hands-on model to investigate the population growth of a bird species and translate it into a computer model. They generate and compare J- and S-shaped population curves, then modify and improve their computer models to better reflect a real population.

Part of the Inquiries in Science™ series. Materials are sufficient for 30 students working in groups.

This kit is appropriate for high school students and addresses the following National Science Education Standards

Grades 9-12
Science as Inquiry
    •Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
    •Understandings about scientific inquiry
Life Science
    •Biological evolution
    •The interdependence of organisms