Using the brand-new Antifier, Cherie plans to do a deep-dive into one of the Amazon's ant colonies. Unfortunately, something strange seems to be happening to the ants: they're turning into zombies!
MS-LS2-1. Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem. MS-LS2-4. Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations.
Parasitic Relationships; ecology, symbiosis, parasite, ecosystem
This storyline explores parasitism which occurs in every ecosystem. This storyline also opens the door for students to explore the impacts of human interference in their own communities.
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Players take control of an ant-sized robot to investigate the inner workings of a functioning ant colony. Explore a beautiful new level where ants tend to their duties to help the colony survive. What would cause the ants to shun one of their own when the survival of the colony depends upon every ant doing its part?
Something odd is killing off the ants at an alarming rate. It appears to be some type of parasite, but why is it targeting ants, and how? Might it be the cause behind some odd behavior that the ants are exhibiting? Players perform real-time, hands-on experiments to investigate.