Announcing the NGSS MicroGrant Award Winners!

Today we announce the winners of the 2020 NGSS MicroGrant program. Out of the more than 50 compelling submissions, we chose four applicants from each region of the United States. These organizations were selected to receive licenses of Tyto Online, the award-winning science simulation which empowers learners to engage in deeper learning, solving authentic problems

Upcoming Improvements to Tyto Online

Here’s a preview of improvements that will be coming to Tyto Online over the summer and for the fall semester, based on student and teacher feedback on what we can do to make Tyto Online better for your play and learning. We will put out more complete descriptions of how to use some of these

Anti-Racist Ways to Teach Science

In response to the outcry about systematic racism and police violence against black people in our nation today, many educators are wondering what they can do in their classrooms to create a more just society. This list of suggestions is by no means comprehensive, but does contain actions that can be taken by all science

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,

New Teacher Calendar & Student Account Creation Improvements

Assignment Calendar We’re excited to introduce a brand-new Calendar page as an easier way to keep track of your assignments that have not yet been completed by students. View it in the Teacher Dashboard. Visual Organization Each assignment will show up as a tag on the calendar, visualizing the order, type, and frequency of your

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

Spring 2020 Update

Hello, everyone! We keep our large updates between semesters, but we have some great improvements ready and since most people are learning from home — and we have a LOT more people signing up right now — we wanted to go ahead and get these live! So, welcome to our mid-semester Spring update! Here’s what’s