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Thursday, June 6 • 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Magnificent Moths: Creative approaches to understanding natural selection and population change, using models and scaffolds to support learning LIMITED
Limited Capacity seats available

This workshop supplies creative ideas supporting teaching about population change over time, variation and natural selection, inspired by Darwin's observations of moths. Based on his prediction of the existence of a moth with a 30cm proboscis to feed from the Madagascan Comet orchid, the session commences with a dramatic dialogue between Darwin and his wife. A brief drama activity follows, modelling how differing length proboscises link to different flowers. This scaffolds understanding of the symbiosis between plant and animal, leading to insights into how evolution by natural selection occurs. Participants also gain practical ideas to make 'flowers' and moth 'proboscises'.

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Clarysly Deller

Senior Lecturer, Manchester Metropolitan University
PSTT award winner 2012-2013Previous primary science teacher and educatorSenior lecturer in Primary Science Education at MMUResearch involvement in using drama techniques to teach science and creative practice.