Night of the Living Detritus

Parasitic Relationships; ecology, symbiosis, parasite, ecosystem
75 minutes (5 15-minute quests)

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!

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Standards Covered

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.

Anchoring Phenomena & Topics Covered

Parasitic Relationships; ecology, symbiosis, parasite, ecosystem

Real World Connections

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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Get an Ant's-Eye View

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?

Investigate a Series of Mysterious Ant Deaths

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.

Humans' Role in Maintaining Balance

Armed with population data, players argue for or against an intervention. Should Tyto step in to prevent the parasite from wiping out the ants, or is this deadly symbiosis an essential part of the ecosystem's health?

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