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.
Cells & Organisms (Structure & Function) Module
MS. Structure, Function, and Processing and MS.Matter and Energy in Organisms and Ecosystems
Help Nurse Practitioner Marysol in the Community Clinic as you learn about cells and organisms! First, students determine how party-goers got sick with amoebas as an entry into all living things being made of cells. They explore energy development by assisting with a broken biodome stuck on night that has lethargic animals and yellow plants, and even help Elektra with her new prosthetic arm as they learn about body systems.
Coming Fall 2019 // Module: Weather & Climate
MS. Weather and Climate
Assist the Tyto Academy scientists with a variety of explorations in the Sequences while building up knowledge to fix broken planets, using your Weather & Climate knowledge!
Funded in part by the Institute of Education Sciences, Department of Education. Award number91990018C0033.
Sandbox: Broken Planet
Sandbox strategy game where players bring a broken planet to life. Students adjust the planet’s axis tilt, rotation, and drop in air masses in order to cause weather patterns. They then watch biomes grow life as they stabilize the planet, and begin to add human settlements. Students must then manage the resource consumption of your humans to keep your planet from death.
Sequences & Quests
The Sequences involve exploring three scientific phenomena in order to cover air masses, global air and water currents, and climate change. These are collecting data on an island with rain shadow to determine how the air masses work. They examine the Pacific Garbage Patch to develop their understanding of currents, and then help with bleaching coral to explore climate change.