Tyto Online Content Overview
Here's a quick overview of the Modules available in Tyto Online, and the Next Generation Science Standards content they include.
The Game's Story
The student plays as an Earth evacuee that has just woken up from four years of cryosleep. After the perilous journey to the planet of Ovo, they are joining Tyto Academy. They must help the scientists learn everything they can about their new planet, and what we can learn from Earth.
MS.Matter and Energy in Organisms and Ecosystems &MS.Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems
The biodome facility in Espeth is home to five meticulously re-created Earth ecosystems, and they need care and protection! Learn everything that a Biodome Supervisor needs to know to take care of these unfathomably endangered species.
Sequences & Quests
Students figure out how living things turn food into energy, how organisms are able to all live together in an ecosystem, and how humans can help maintain biodiversity and ecosystem services. They will build food webs, figure out if a plant is invasive, find new habitats for polar bears, and more!
Sandbox: the H.E.L.O.
The Holographic Environmental Life Observatory (or HELO) is where students can create their very own ecosystems. Add producers, consumers, and decomposers, and work to balance the ecosystem as everything eats and reproduces.
Growth & Genetics Module
MS.Growth, Development, and Reproduction of Organisms
The drakons, a dragon-like species native to Ovo, are experiencing a mysterious decline in population. We need to understand more about growth and genetics to understand why.
Sandbox: The Drakonarium
Tyto Academy has instituted a new Genetic Diversity Breeding Program in which students can participate. The drakons have a variety of different genes that can be unlocked as students learn more about genetics. Students' first drakons have simple dominant/recessive traits, but will soon be able to inherit co-dominant, incomplete dominant, environmentally-activated, and even mutant characteristics! Students will have to master genetics module to breed the drakon they want--there are over 10 quadrillion possible phenotype combinations in all!
Sequences & Quests
The Growth and Genetics module contains quests that explore different topics pertaining to heredity, DNA, and other topics. Discover why some species have offspring that look just like their parents, while others look very different. Gain knowledge about genetics to overcome a food shortage. Investigate a mutation that is causing a genetic problem. Create Punnett Squares to help determine the probability of certain traits being passed down to offspring, and much more.
New/In Progress / Cells & Organisms (Structure & Function) Module
MS. Structure, Function, and Processing
This Module is under the design process right now, to be available for an August release! It will include determining that living things are made of cells, using a model to describe the function of a cell and how parts of cells contribute to that function, how the body is a system of interacting subsystems, and how sensory receptors respond to stimuli by sending messages to the brain.