How Tyto Online Supports Girls in STEM

There’s a big problem in STEM, and it impacts half of the population. That problem is a lack of representation for and from women and girls in STEM fields. Women have long been under-represented in STEM-related career fields, and this lack of representation has a wide range of negative consequences. Because science has been a

Earth Day, Tyto-Style!

To celebrate Earth Day this year, we’ve compiled a few sustainability-focused activities you can do with Tyto Online! ACTIVITY 1 Bring a Planet to Lifein our Weather & Climate Sandbox In the ORB, students generate their own, lifeless planet and bring it to life by editing tilt, rotation, and air masses. After stabilizing their planet,

Repurposing the Family Tree

Our mutations storyline, ‘In Your Blood,’ features Arthur, a boy who looks into his genetic history to see where his gene for sickle cell anemia originated. To illustrate the inheritance of the sickle cell gene through the generations of Arthur’s family, we created this family tree: You may notice that there are actually two family

Our First Anti-Racist Storyline.

Research shows that when students learn from a standard biology curriculum about racial differences in genetic disease prevalence it can unintentionally increase genetic biases that are related to racist misconceptions. If biology education is a context where these biases develop unintentionally, then it should also be a place where they are challenged intentionally.  Donovan, Et

Pressing Flowers

Flower pressing is a very old activity practiced by countless artists, scientists, and plant enthusiasts over the centuries. When properly cared for, a pressed flower can last for a very long time–some museums have pressed flower specimens that are centuries old! Plant specimens are everywhere! Flower pressing works just as well (or better!) with leaves

International Scavenger Hunt

Traveling is off the table for most of us right now, unfortunately. For anyone suffering from cabin fever, this is an activity for you! All you need is Google! Your goal is to go sight-seeing all around the world. This activity takes advantage of Google’s Street View feature, available for many parts of the world.

Make Your Own Biodex

Activity Directions Biodex Field Researcher In Tyto Online, students always have access to a biodex, which can give them all sorts of information on the various plants and animals that live in Espeth’s biodomes. In this activity, you’ll be observing your environment, using your research skills, and creating your very own with information on the

Punnett Plushies

In this activity, you’ll take on the role of geneticist, using Punnett squares to determine inheritance patterns for your toys! Note: It’s a great idea to do this activity after you’ve completed the ‘Feeding the Population’ storyline in Tyto Online. If you haven’t completed this storyline or you’d like a refresher course on dominance, recessiveness,

Creative Cladograms

In this activity, you’ll be using your powers of observation and classification to create your own cladograms! What is a cladogram? A cladogram is a type of diagram that is used to show common ancestry among a group of organisms. A cladogram is similar to a family tree because it shows generational relationships. Most family

Alpha 35: Environmental Impacts on Phenotypes

Hello, fellow Tyto students! This week’s update is around Environmental Impacts on phenotypes. This means it brings you the ability to feed your Drakons if you’ve leveled up enough to unlock that, tweaks and fixes to the Drakonarium, more tutorials for our newly-onboarded students, and, best of all — more questing goodness! New Quests! Note: