Tricksters

Screenshot of NetLogo model

Screenshot of NetLogo model

The basic idea of this evolving workshop is to use storytelling to motivate interest in systems biology (Learning Objectives). We begin with the Trickster tale “Giddy Up, Wolfie” about a rabbit (chokfi) who tries to steal a wolf’s (nashoba) girlfriend. From there, we discuss rabbit-wolf (chokfi-nashoba) dynamics in the wild. Given time, students engage in a version of freeze-tag, which allows them to model and then graph predator-prey dynamics. We follow with a agent-based predator-prey model implemented in NetLogo that uses Chickasaw words for the model variables (feel free to email me for the code). Using NetLogo simulations, students also completed a Nashoba Chokfi Worksheet, which is based off of a NIMBioS worksheet. Additional activities include extraction of DNA from strawberries (a rare food for rabbits, but has strong cultural significance and is filled with DNA), which is preceeded by a process-oriented guided inquiry learning (POGIL) lesson on DNA structure.

This project is partially funded by a K-12 STEM outreach grant from the Duke Energy Foundation.